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Rob Kelly - Corrosion of metals, electrochemistry and modeling of corrosion processes

Science & Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Rob Kelly
Research Focus: 

Prof. Kelly's present work includes studies of the electrochemical and chemical conditions inside localized corrosion sites in various alloy systems, corrosion in aging aircraft, atomistic and continuum modeling of electrochemical processes, development of embeddable corrosion microinstruments, as well as the use of microfabrication methods to probe the fundamentals of localized corrosion. We are trying to (1) understand the chemical and physical processes that control the degradation of materials in environments, (2) characterize the rate of damage in its different forms and develop accelerated tests, (3) develop scientific and engineering models to predict damage that can be applied to actual structures in service.

Position Description: 

Perform and document laboratory experiments Analyze corrosion tests using chemical, electrochemical and metallurgical methods Organize their results and present them to others orally.

Required Skills: 

Time management, organization, good record-keeping, ability to follow directions and work in a team.

Computer software: 
Excel Powerpoint
UVA required online safety training, we will take student through our own lab safety training.
What will you learn: 

The student will work in the laboratory with chemical and electrochemical methods in collaboration with a graduate student and another undergraduate. Students will prepare test samples, run tests, analyze results and present those results. ALL skills will be taught by our group members.

Corrosion of metals, electrochemistry and modeling of corrosion processes