1st SPECIFIC Electrochemistry Conference (1SEC) at Gregynog

By Becky Waldram 21 January 2016

On 12th-13th January 2016, staff and students from the Electrochemistry and Corrosion group from SPECIFIC at Swansea University travelled to Gregynog for 2 days of presentation and discussion. This was the first time such an event had been organised within the group, and it was very interesting to catch up on the progress of everyone’s projects.

One of the main areas of discussion centred on the replacement of chrome (VI) in steel products, highlighting the impending deadline of the REACH legislation banning its use from 2017. Much of the scanning Kelvin probe (SKP) work carried out in the centre is based on inhibitor research in an attempt to solve this problem. Other talks ranged from work on nuclear fuel rods investigated using SKP-AFM amongst other techniques, to the use of standard electrochemical techniques to assess the corrosion of coinage alloys and the potential use of inhibitors in this field. Another talk was based on stress whitening, and how this problem can be overcome on painted surfaces.

The first year students were asked to provide a page of information about themselves and their projects, and it was very interesting to get to know the new students and the work they are likely to be completing in their time with us. The use of the cellar bar in the evening was a more relaxed opportunity to develop links between the staff and students, and as typical engineers this also involved a giant set of Jenga!

It seems that this event was useful to all involved, many thanks to all those who helped to arrange the event. Hopefully the success will continue, and before long we will be arranging 2SEC!


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