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Call for nominations 2020 - The call is Open

Deadline for submission of nominations: 25 February 2020

Please click here to download the Nomination Form!

Nominations shall be made in writing to the EFC Paris Office.
European Federation of Corrosion
General Secretariat - Paris Office
28, rue St.-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France



Professor Fatima Montemor





Professor Kemal Nisancioglu


 Professor Mario Ferreira, Portugal



Professor Lorenzo Fedrizzi, Italy

Photo Philippe Marcus Dec.2007

Professor Philippe Marcus, France



Professor Herman Terryn, Belgium



Professor Christofer Leygraf, Sweden


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.
Please click here to download the rules for the European Corrosion Medal.

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. 

The recent European Corrosion Medal was awarded during the Opening Session of EUROCORR 2019 in Seville, Spain, on 9th September 2019.



Laureate 2019:

PROFESSOR Maria de Fátima Grilo da Costa Montemor

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”.


Laureate 2018:


Professor Kemal Nisancioglu has been announced as this year’s laureate of the European Corrosion Medal. He 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.
In consideration of his global reputation and the quality of research and teaching, he is a very worthy recipient of the European Corrosion Medal.
read more (EFC Newsletter No. 26, p8)

Professor Kemal Nisancioglu was awarded his European Corrosion Medal by the EFC President at the opening session of EUROCORR 2018 in Krakow.

Laureate 2017:

Professor Mario Ferreira, Portugal

Mario Ferreira gained his diploma at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1971, his PhD at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1981, and his Habilitation at the Technical University of Lisbon in 1993. He began his career as Assistant Lecturer at the Technical University of Lisbon later becoming Associate Professor. He moved to UMIST, UK, to serve as Adjunct Professor (1991-1996). He then returned to the Technical University of Lisbon as Associate Professor (1993-2001), subsequently becoming Adjunct Full Professor (2001-2010) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he founded a research group of 20 people (Group of Studies in Corrosion and Environmental Effects), which he co-ordinated until 2010.
read more (EFC Newsletter No 25, p6)

The European Corrosion Medal was presented to Prof. Ferreira at the opening session of the joint EUROCORR 2017 & 20th International Corrosion Congress & Process Safety Congress 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Laureate 2016:

Professor Lorenzo Fedrizzi, Italy

Lorenzo Fedrizzi is a full professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Udine, Italy, where he teaches Composite Materials Science and Technology and Corrosion at the Engineering Faculty. His main scientific interests are corrosion protection by coatings (organic, metallic and ceramic); materials durability; study of tribo-corrosion mechanisms; study and development of innovative coatings by sol-gel, PVD, CVD and thermal spraying technologies; corrosion behaviour of sintered metal parts; study, development and characterization of metal alloys.
read more (EFC Newsletter No 24, p6)

The European Corrosion Medal was presented to Prof. Fedrizzi at EUROCORR 2016’s opening session in Montpellier, France.

Laureate 2015:

Professor Philippe Marcus, France

Philippe Marcus is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Head of the Research Group of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces of Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, Chimie ParisTech, France.
His field of research is surface chemistry, surface electrochemistry, and corrosion science, with emphasis on the understanding of the structure and properties of metal and alloy surfaces.
read more (EFC Newsletter No 23, p5)

The European Corrosion Medal was presented to Prof. Marcus at EUROCORR 2015’s opening session in Graz, Austria.


Laureate 2014:

Professor Herman Terryn, Belgium

Herman Terryn was chosen for the prestigious EFC Award by his peers based upon his clear vision towards the industrial relevance and needs drawn from the field of corrosion, electro-chemistry and surface science and their relation to materials. He is recognised as a pioneer in the frontiers of corrosion and surface science as he adeptly cross references combined activities in the areas of corrosion technology, functional surface engineering, surface characterisation and electrochemical characterisation.
read more (EFC Newsletter No 22, p5)

The European Corrosion Medal was presented to Prof. Terryn at EUROCORR 2014’s opening session in Pisa, Italy.

Previous laureates of the European Corrosion Medal:

2013 - Prof. C. Leygraf, Sweden  read more (EFC Newsletter No 21, p5)
2011 - Prof. G. SCHMITT, Germany
2009 - Prof. V. CIHAL, Czech Republic
2007 - Prof. E. KALMAN, Hungary
2005 - Prof. D. LANDOLT, Switzerland
2003 - Prof. P.-L. BONORA, Italy
2001 - Prof. E. BARDAL, Norway
1999 - Prof. G.C. WOOD, UK, and colleagues at the Corrosion and Protection Centre, UK
1996 - Prof. R.N. PARKINS, UK
1993 - Prof. A. RAHMEL, Germany
1991 - Dr. J. WEBER, Switzerland
1989 - Dr. H. ARUP, Denmark
1987 - Prof. W. SCHWENK, Germany
1985 - Dr. A. DESESTRET, France


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