Homepage / Awards / European Corrosion Medal

European Corrosion Medal


The purpose of the European Corrosion Medal is to recognise achievements by a scientist, or group of scientists, in the application of corrosion science in the widest sence. The recipient(s) must be of a nationality corresponding to one, or more, of the Member Societies of the EFC and the work must be conducted within a European country.

The award consists of a bronze medal, a diploma and a sum of 1000 Euros.
The European Corrosion Medal is awarded every year, preferably on the occasion of a Europen Corrosion Congress (EUROCORR). The laureate is invited to give a lecture related to the work for which the medal was attributed. 


European Corrosion Medal 2020



Prof. Stuart Lyon

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Professor Stuart Lyon is invited to give a Plenary at the virtual EUROCORR on Monday, 7 September 2020. The award ceremony and presentation of the Medal will take place at EUROCORR 2021 in Budapest.

> more (EFC Newsletter No. 27)

Watch the European Corrosion Medal lecture of Prof. Stuart Lyon on YouTube

Stuart Lyon currently holds the position of AkzoNobel Chair in Corrosion Control, School of Materials, University of Manchester, United Kingdom (since 2012), Director of Research from 2013 to 2017. He obtained is BA in metallurgy and materials science (1979), MA and PhD in solid-state electrochemical sensors (1983) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and his DSc for research excellence in atmospheric corrosion from the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (2002). Starting his scientific career at UMIST in 1983, he was appointed Professor in Corrosion Control at the School of Materials, University of Manchester in 2007.

Throughout his career, he has been actively engaged with professional institutes including the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), of which he was the President from 2005 to 2007, member of the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and also Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Science Engineering and Technology, a publication of IOM3 since 2006. He has been awarded the 2000: I.T. Watkins Award of the Institute of Metal Finishing-IMF (2000), 2012 Grande Medallion Cefracor - French Corrosion Society (2012) and the Guy Bengough Award of IOM3 (2014).


European Corrosion Medal 2019


Professor Maria de Fátima Grilo da Costa Montemor

Awarded by the EFC President at the opening session of EUROCORR 2019 in Seville, Spain

> more (EFC Newsletter No. 26, p8)

Maria de Fátima Grilo da Costa Montemor graduated in Chemical Engineering at the school of engineering (Instituto Superior Técnico, IST) of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1989 and obtained her Ph.D. from the same university in 1995. She remained at this institution to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department (1996 - 2000), subsequently becoming a researcher (2000 - 2011), Assistant Professor (2011 - 2015) and Associate Professor (2015 - 2017). She is now Full Professor.

Her research is focused on new surface functionalization strategies and the development of novel coatings for corrosion protection of metallic parts for application in the transportation sector, construction and energy production systems. She has contributed widely to the development of new coatings for corrosion protection of different metallic substrates. Her works are often cited as references for the development of new technologies in the field of sol-gel coatings, self-healing and multifunctional coatings and inhibitor mechanisms. She and her colleagues have widely contributed to the understanding of corrosion mechanisms by the use of the electrochemical techniques such as EIS and combined localized techniques (SVET/SIET).

From 2009-2016, Fátima was deputy director for International Affairs of Instituto Superior Técnico. She has been Chair of the Board of Administrators of Innoenergy Iberia s.a. (2015 - 17), Vice President of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC, 2014 - 15) and President of the EFC (2015 -16). Fátima has been a major proponent of the EFC, including organising two highly successful EUROCORRS in Lisbon (2005) and in Estoril, Portugal (2013).

Prof Fátima Montemor is co-founder of the spin-off company "Charge2C-NewCap" which develops new solutions for energy storage in the field of asymmetric super-capacitors. She has been involved in the creation of the Portuguese Cluster VG Energy Storage in collaboration with top national partners.

She is now the Vice President for Academic Affairs of Instituto Superior Técnico. She works as evaluator for the European Commission and is a permanent member of TGS5 "Research Fund for Coal and Steel".


European Corrosion Medal 2018


Professor Kemal Nisancioglu

Awarded by the EFC President at the opening session of EUROCORR 2018 in Krakow.

> more (EFC Newsletter No. 26, p8)


Professor Kemal Nisancioglu is being acknowledged for his comprehensive and valuable contribution to corrosion research together with his long and solid history of leadership driven by a clear vision towards advanced knowledge and alloy development for industrial needs. This has focused on the corrosion of light metals and the effect of trace elements on corrosion and the effect of near-surface deformed layers on susceptibility to filiform corrosion.

The Federation especially recognises his long-lasting and continuing contributions to EUROCORR and the Working Parties on "Surface Science and Mechanisms of Corrosion and Protection" and "Corrosion Education", his strong impact on higher education and industry, and his clear willingness to share his knowledge with the Corrosion Community nationally, within Europe, and on a global scale.