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Chemical engineering doctoral candidates win top two poster prizes at national corrosion conference

Marissa McDaid | Apr 12, 2019
NACE Award
Photo by: Yuan Ding

Chemical engineering doctoral candidates win top two poster prizes at national corrosion conference

Marissa McDaid | Apr 12, 2019

Photo by: Yuan Ding

Two Ohio University chemical engineering doctoral student researchers who work at Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) earned top honors at the NACE Corrosion 2019 Conference & Expo, held in Nashville, Tennessee last month.

More than 6,000 researchers, engineers, educators and students gathered from around the world to exchange the latest knowledge and technologies in the corrosion industry. Selected from more than 110 presenters, Hamed Mansoori was awarded the Mars Fontana Prize for Corrosion Engineering for first place. Yuan Ding earned the Harvey Herro Prize for Applied Corrosion Technology for second place.

Mansoori’s project, “Influence of CaCO3-Saturated Aqueous Solutions on CO2 Corrosion of Mild Steel” investigates how calcium ions affect carbon dioxide corrosion mechanisms.

“In the past four years, I’ve been conducting research to add more understanding on the effect of oilfield water chemistry and scaling in internal corrosion of oil and gas pipelines,” Mansoori said. “I look forward to entering industry or academia, where I can apply and transfer my expertise in corrosion science and engineering and continue to learn more about this dynamic science.”

Ding’s work, “The Effect of Fe3O4 on the Performance of an Imidazoline-Type Corrosion Inhibitor at 150°C” focused on mechanistic understanding of corrosion inhibition of mild steel at elevated temperatures.

“The conclusion of this poster is essential for the oil and gas industry,” said Ding. “The research points out that the use of an organic corrosion inhibitor might not be an appropriate mitigation strategy at elevated temperatures,” added Ding, who plans to begin a career as a corrosion engineer or scientist upon graduation this spring.

Ding explained that the responsibility of a corrosion engineer or scientist is to minimize damages caused by corrosion in order to ensure smooth production and preserve integrity of assets, as well as to protect human safety and the environment.

“Therefore, I can apply the knowledge learned in my Ph.D. research and create for good,” Ding said.

OHIO sent 11 graduate students, five post-doctoral researchers and four faculty members to the conference, where they presented a total of 20 technical talks.

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Associate Director of the ICMT Marc Singer advised Mansoori and Ding.

“Winning these awards is the best possible testimony to the efforts they put in their work over the years, and to the level of quality of their research and presentation skills,” Singer said. “I am extremely proud of them and of our students, faculty and staff who, year after year, represent the Russ College and the ICMT on the world stage -- and keep wining these well-deserved awards.”