Nick Birbilis is currently the Woodside Innovation Chair at Monash University, where he is also the head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on understanding and control of corrosion of metals involved in applied projects spanning aerospace, biomedical, infrastructure, automotive, and defense.
Throughout his research, Birbilis has made major contributions in the areas of aluminum and magnesium alloys (the light metals). More recently he has made several key contributions in elucidating the electrochemistry of magnesium, which is of important relevance in the context of light weighting, electrodes and energy applications.
Birbilis has authored over 200 publications and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Electrochimica Acta and Editor-in-Chief of Materials Degradation. He is also a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).