Director, Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Nesic oversees Ohio University's Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) - the largest pipeline research facility in the world and the only one in the United States. The Institute works with a consortium of the 18 leading oil companies and chemical companies around the world to address the corrosion of pipelines that carry crude oil and gas to refineries, often across hundreds of miles of land and ocean floor.
Corrosion is a major problem in oil wells and pipelines, where much of the oil and gas merges with water, sand and other impurities. Those impurities can cause catastrophic failure to the inside of pipelines. A unique 20,000-square-foot facility, the ICMT is a maze of regulation-size pipelines in replicated real-life conditions where researchers and student engineers work to understand corrosion.
ICMT engineers are some of the world's leading authorities on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) - one of the most common causes of pipeline failure, costing American companies $30-50 billion a year in damages. Work by the MIC research group of students and researchers resulted in new detection methods that help companies predict MIC pitting. With earlier detection, catastrophic explosions - such as the one that rocked a California residential subdivision in September 2010 - would ideally be avoided.
The ICMT operates under an umbrella-like structure with Nesic as the director. Each individual project leader controls day-to-day operations by working with graduate students (doctoral and master's candidates) on the projects. A team of project engineers and technicians offers general support on the projects and maintains safe and reliable operation of the lab.
ICMT projects include:
Nesic's Media Placements include: