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The ECS Lecture

Electrochemical Design of Novel Zinc Alloys for the Corrosion Protection of Steel

by Martin Stratmann

Monday, October 5, 2009 | Vienna, Austria

Martin StratmannNovel zinc alloy coatings containing Mg and other additives are the subject of current cutting edge research in corrosion science as they seem to possess significantly improved corrosion properties. In this presentation, not only the latest results on zinc and its alloys are shown, but a vision of systematic coating development will be given.

Martin Stratmann studied chemistry at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and received his diploma in 1980. In 1982, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf (H. J. Engell, Director), he finished his PhD on electrochemical studies of phase transformations in rust layers; and he spent his postdoctoral studies with Ernest Yeager at Case Western Reserve University. The habilitation in Physical Chemistry followed in 1992 at the University of Düsseldorf with electrochemical studies on metal surfaces covered with ultrathin electrolyte layers. 1994 he took over the Chair in corrosion science and surface engineering at the University of Erlangen, and since 2000 he has been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, leading a department of interface chemistry and surface engineering. He is also a faculty member of the Materials Science Department and of the Chemistry Department at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Prof. Stratmann’s research interests lie in the area of corrosion-related electrochemistry with an emphasis on microscopic aspects and in situ spectroscopy, electrochemistry at buried metal/polymer interfaces (an area where he pioneered novel electrochemical techniques), atmospheric corrosion, adhesion, and surface chemistry of reactive metal substrates. He has received a number of awards, among others the Otto-Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society, the T. P. Hoar Award (twice), the Masing Award of the German Society of Materials Science, the DECHEMA Award of the Max Buchner Forschungsstiftung, the U. R. Evans Award of the Institute of Corrosion, and the W. R. Whitney Award of the International Association of Corrosion Engineers. In 2008, he received the H. H. Uhlig Award of the ECS Corrosion Division. Prof Stratmann is an ECS Fellow and a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Science and of the Austrian Academy of Science.

In 2008, on Prof. Stratmann’s initiative, the International Centre for Advanced Materials Science (ICAMS) was founded in Bochum. He served as chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Technology Section of the Max Planck Society from 2006 to 2008. In 2008 he was elected Vice-President of the Max Planck Society; with this position he also became an executive of the Minerva Foundation. He has published about 170 papers, various monographs, and together with Allen Bard he edited the Encyclopedia of Electrochemistry in ten volumes.

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