Stuart Lyon

Stuart Lyon, FREng


Personal profile


Stuart Lyon was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge University where he was awarded his undergraduate degree in metallurgy and materials science in 1979 and his PhD in solid-state electrochemical sensors (proton conductors) in 1983. After a short spell in industry he joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre at the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1983, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, to Reader in 2005 and to Professor in 2007. Since 2012 he has held the AkzoNobel Chair of Corrosion Control in the School of Materials where he was also Director of Research from 2013 to 2017.

Stuart was President of the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) from 2005 to 2007 and Trustee and Member of Council for ICorr for 15 years until 2011. From 2008 to 2012 he was CEO of Correx Ltd, the trading subsidiary of ICorr. He is a member of the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IoMMM) and, since 2006, Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Science Engineering and Technology, a publication of IoMMM.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist


MA, PhD (Cambridge)

Other research

Henry Royce Institute
Dalton Nuclear Institute


My group

Research groups

Department: Metallurgy and Corrosion

Division: Corrosion@Manchester

Personal: AkzoNobel Laboratory of Corrosion Protection


Other group members

Postdoctoral researchers: Dr. Suzanne Morsch, Dr. Yanwen Liu, Dr. Lawrence Coghlan

Early career researchers (PhD): Naomi Farrer, Woraphan Intaphan, Khalil Razak, Julie Cler, Callum Ayres

Project officer: Jane Deakin

Research interests

Corrosion control using organic coatings and inhibitors
3D and 4D visualisation of corrosion damage
Localised corrosion and stress corrosion cracking
Protection of metallic cultural heritage artefacts
Public understanding of corrosion science and engineering

Prizes and awards

European Corrosion Medal, European Federation of Corrosion, 2020
Guy Bengough Award, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 2014
Grande Medallion, Cefracor (France), 2012

IT Watkins Award, Institute of Metal Finishing, 2000

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Areas of expertise

  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
  • Corrosion
  • Protective organic coatings
  • Materials performance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Manchester Energy
  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


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