Nick Birbilis is currently the Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. His research focuses on understanding and control of corrosion of metals involved in areas 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 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 300 publications and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Electrochimica Acta and Editor-in-Chief of npj Materials Degradation. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (IS), and a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (ECS). Nick received the ECS Corrosion Division H.H. Uhlig Award in 2020.