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Biography

Rob is a Reader in Corrosion Science and Engineering at the School of Materials.  Prior to taking up his current position in 2005 he had appointments at a number of other leading research institutions, including the Fritz-Haber-Institut (Berlin), Cambridge University, and the CSIC Institute of Materials (ICMAB) in Barcelona.  He has more than 25 years reseach experience, with approximately 80 published articles, including several reviews. 

Currently, Rob is a director of the Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) CDT, which provides 4 year funded PhDs concerned with understanding a wide range of materials performance issues (http://www.m4de.manchester.ac.uk).  He is also PGR director in the School of Materials.

Research interests

Primarily, Rob's research activity is concerned with mechanistic understanding of surface/interface properties of relevance to corrosion, along with gaining insight into the structure and chemistry of oxide surfaces.  A range of experimental approaches are employed, including both laboratory and synchrotron based state of the art surface probes.  For example, his group is developing and applying vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy using the Photon Science Institute's laser facilites.  As his research is well aligned to the Henry Royce Institute's MS4DE theme, he is also able to access their facilites, including the near ambient pressure XPS instrument.  He has collaborations with a number of other groups, both within the UK and outside, including close links with theoreticians, who provide greater insight into the experimental data.  

 

Recent Research Highlights

Establish that corrosion inhibitor/metal interfaces are acid dependent (2022)

Reveal intrinsic deficiencies in sweet corrosion scales (2021)

Demonstrate origin of atomic adsorbates’ asymmetric XPS peaks (2020)

Identify drivers for TiO2 superhydrophilicity (2019)

Discover novel sweet oilfield corrosion scale habit (2018)

Elucidate structure of SnO2(110)(4x1) surface (2017)

 

Current Research Topics

Surface structure of clean and adsorbate decorated model metal oxides

Corrosion inhibition mechanisms

Nanoscale understanding of atmospheric corrosion

Sweet and sour corrosion scales

Interfacial structure and chemistry of dental implants

Corrosion resistant coatings/pretreatments

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Recent External Committees/Panels

  1. Member of Faraday Division Council (2019-2022).
  2. Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (2016 -).
  3. Member of EPSRC Photoelectron Spectroscopy Roadmap working (2015 – 2017)

My group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • Corrosion
  • Surface
  • Materials

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy
  • Photon Science Institute

Keywords

  • Corrosion
  • Surfaces
  • Oxides
  • Spectroscopy
  • Diffraction
  • Microscopy
  • Corrosion and Protection Centre
  • Photon Science Institute
  • Henry Royce Institute

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  • Materials for demanding environments CDT

    Withers, P., Ainsworth, R., Lindsay, R., Francis, J., Roy, M., Wright, M., Verheyden, T., Al Aboura, Y., Aldhous, P., Anders, A., Armitage, T., Bashat, M., Brown, A., Buxton, O., Cakstins, J., Cassineri, S., Chandarana, N., Chapman, N., Craske, D., Curd, M., Dowhyj, M., Elms, J., Fox, C., Ghosal, A., Giunta, G., Guo, Y., Jahangiri-Haghighi, H., Han, Q., Hernández, M., Hull, G., Iakovakis, E., Jalil, R., Jones, C., Jordanov, M., Kablan, A., Kapousidou, M., Kindermann, R., Kotsovinos, A. E., Kousar, K., Liubercev, S., Manchester, T., Matev, N., Mazzei, G., Mccormack, S., Moorcroft, R., Moulton, J., Nawaz, M., Palko, S., Pearson, W., Ragnauth, H., Raymond, J., Razali, M., Rollings, L., Ruiz, D., Rzeszutek, K., Shore, D., Stoyanov, N., Suleman, T., Supornpaibul, N., Tran, K., Traverse, L., Walsh, M., Wild, J., Taylor, A., Young, J., Xu, X. D. & Wang, H.

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