Xiaorong Zhou

Xiaorong Zhou


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Xiaorong Zhou graduated from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Hunan University, China in 1983. He obtained a MSc in materials science and engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China in 1986. He was then appointed research engineer in Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials. He received his PhD in corrosion science and engineering from UMIST in 1994. Subsequently, he joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre of UMIST in 1994 initially as Research Fellow, then Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor.

His research is mainly associated with corrosion control of light alloys and novel surface engineering for protection and functionality. His work is validated by innovative electron microscopy approaches allowing detailed understanding of the relationships between the alloy fabrication processes, the microstructure and the prediction of performance. The research has led to the award of Jim Kape Memorial Medal of the Institute of Metal Finishing in 2001.


BSc, MSc, PhD

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion

Light Metals Division board member, Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IoM3)


Research interests

  • Microstructural effects on localized corrosion of aluminium and magnesium alloys
  • Environment friendly surface treatments of light alloys
  • Tomography for understanding materials degradation 
  • Corrosion control of aluminium alloys
  • Evolution of near-surface microstrue during thermomechanical processing of aluminium alloys
  • Critical aspects in the adhesive bonding and painting of aluminium
  • Formation and performance of anodic films on aluminium and selected alloys
  • Fabrication and application of nanostructured materials 

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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
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Sustainable Futures


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