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Srdjan Nesic to discuss research on infrastructure corrosion at Nov. 15 Science Café

Camelia Post-Abulawi | Nov 9, 2017

When a society is corrupted, order slowly breaks down, and it eventually crumbles. Corrosion is the chemical disintegration of a metallic infrastructure, including pipelines, bridges, power plants, refineries, cars, trains and planes; nearly everything is made out of metal.  Civilization relies on this infrastructure; if the metal goes, everything crumbles.

But how many kids would say, “Oh, I want to study corrosion?” It’s rusty; it’s dirty. Srdjan Nesic, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, does exactly that.

“Corrosion is important,” Nesic said. “In the U.S. alone, we spend about 3 to 5 percent of GDP (more than $0.5 trillion) combatting corrosion. It is one of the largest expenses in the U.S. economy, but few people know this. Corrosion happens; it’s a natural, unstoppable process. But it can be slowed down.”

At his Science Café, “Is Corrosion like Corruption? What’s the cost? Can it be stopped?”, Nesic will discuss the process and cost of corrosion and the research being done at the institute. The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 15 in the Baker Center Front Room.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

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