Thanks to the Hungarian Corrosion Society and to the Jury members, the 2018 Kurt Schwabe Prize is awarded this year to Dr. Andrea Quaini.
Andrea is a young scientist, born in 1987, who has already made significant contributions to the understanding of corrosion in extreme environments. During his PhD thesis, he not only originated excellent tools and procedures based on thermodynamics, but also developed and demonstrated comprehensive mechanisms of the interaction between corium and concrete. Specifically he contributed to the thermodynamic modelling of the U-O-Zr ternary system, particularly the liquid phase that is characterised by the presence of a miscibility gap. He also focused on the high temperature behaviour of the PuO2-UO2-ZrO2 system, which is of interest in the first steps of a severe accident in a pressurised water reactor charged with MOx fuel. Andrea Quaini has a relevant European education path, with studies up to the Master's degree level in Italy (Politecnico di Milano), traineeship in Germany (JRC-Karlsruhe) and PhD in France (INP Grenoble and CEA Saclay). During his short career he has made a significant contribution to the understanding of these complicated chemical systems that can form in nuclear reactors and interact with core metals and the reactor concrete during core melt-down. He also developed a very useful device for measuring the emissivity of oxidized materials such as stainless steels at temperatures up to 800°C, making it possible to monitor the oxidation of such materials in various environments. For his major contributions to corrosion science and thermodynamics, he already received two major honours: The Don Bartolomeo Grazioli Martire di Belfiore Award for the best MSc thesis in physical science at the Science Academy of Milan, Italy (2013), and the Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award from the American Ceramic Society (2016). We wish a long and successful career to this young and talented European engineer-researcher.
Dr. Andrea Quaini will be awarded the Kurt Schwabe Prize at the opening session of EUROCORR 2018 in Krakow.
The 2015 prize has been awarded to Dr Marta Mohedano Sánchez for her extensive contribution in the field of corrosion and protection of light alloys. Her work is supported by 35 publications; she has participated in 4 nationally and internationally funded research programs and 5 industrially funded research and development projects. Dr Marta Mohedano obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering in July 2006 from University Alfonso X el Sabio of Madrid, Spain. In 2011, she received her Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Technology from University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain.
From December 2013, Dr Mohedano has been a post-doctoral Humboldt Fellow in the Corrosion and Surface Technology group, Magnesium Innovation Centre, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany. Prior to this (between January 2012 and May 2013) she was a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Characterisation, Corrosion and Degradation of Materials of Technological Interest at UCM, Spain.
Previous awards and honours include the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, the UCM Predoctoral Fellowship, the Predoctoral Fellowship for foreign stays (University of Cambridge, UK), Extraordinary Doctorate Award (UCM).
Dr Mohedano's field of study is aimed at improving the corrosion and wear properties for Mg-Al alloys by development of surface treatments using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). In the case of PEO coatings for structural applications, this is done by optimisation of electrical parameters, post-treatments and incorporation of particles from the electrolyte. In the case of biomedical applications the objective is to control the rate of coating degradation and to study the effects of drugs as corrosion inhibitors. To improve biocompatibility, Ca and P are being incorporated into the oxide layer, to achieve a final composition close to hydroxyapatite.
The award was presented to the laureate at the opening ceremony of EUROCORR 2015 in Graz, Austria, on 7 September 2015.