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Issue 1/2010, 23 April 2010


Dear colleague,

It gives me great pleasure to send you this first issue of the EFC e-newsletter on recent activities within the Federation. I do hope that the information will be of interest to you. If you have comments on the newsletter please get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Paul McIntyre
EFC Scientific Secretary

In this issue:
  • Editorial
  • Who's Who
  • Members News
  • EFC Working Parties
  • News from Working Parties
  • Forthcoming Events
  • EFC Awards
  • Application forms for Affiliate Membership
  • Contact/Imprint


This is an exceptional opportunity to bring to you the latest news about the current and future activities of the European Federation of Corrosion. Indeed you are now receiving the first issue of the EFC electronic newsletter, and this is sent to you on Corrosion Day, a worldwide event organized on the initiative of the World Corrosion Organization, co-founded by the European Federation of Corrosion together with NACE, the ACA (Australasian Corrosion Association) and the CSCP (Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection). It was decided to have the Corrosion Day for the first time on 24 April 2010, which is today. The aim is to increase the awareness of the public concerning the need to control corrosion for various reasons including not only technical reasons but also because corrosion involves important safety, financial and environmental issues.

The European Federation of Corrosion is committed to undertake all possible actions to contribute to a better understanding of corrosion phenomena and to the development of corrosion protection measures, with emphasis on cooperation between universities, public research centres and industries at the European and International level.

I believe this is the right time and the right place to update you with a few new EFC features:
  • In addition to the classic European Membership, dedicated to National European Corrosion Societies (of which there are now 30), the International Membership category has been recently created, to allow non-European Corrosion Societies to join the EFC, benefit from its services and strengthen the international cooperation in the mutual interest of the partners. NACE European Region has recently become a member under this category.
  • A new membership category has just been launched: Affiliate Membership. Affiliate Members are Universities, Public Research Centres and private Companies which are interested in increasing their networking capacity and developing new partnerships in the field of corrosion and corrosion protection. I am convinced that this new category of Membership responds to a real demand and that many Universities, Public Research Laboratories/Centres and Companies will join the EFC as Affiliate Members. It is easy to become an Affiliate Member, simply complete one of the Membership Application Forms (included in this e-letter).
  • The Working Parties constitute the backbone of the EFC. There are at present 19 active WPs covering a wide range of topics from corrosion mechanisms and methods to inhibitors and coatings to applications in automotive, oil and gas and nuclear industries. A new Working Party on corrosion of heritage artefacts was formed in 2009.
  • The EFC has many projects in preparation e.g. in the area of continuing education (short courses) and collaboration with NACE International, particularly in the fields of joint publications and joint meetings.
  • EUROCORR is the flagship event of the EFC. The European Corrosion Congress and Exhibition is the largest corrosion conference in Europe, bringing together, on an annual basis, researchers, engineers, and experts in corrosion science and engineering to exchange and discuss the latest results on corrosion and corrosion protection. EUROCORR is the right place for networking, identification of new partners and initiation of cooperation. EUROCORR will take place in Moscow (Russia) in 2010 and Stockholm (Sweden) in 2011.


Philippe Marcus
President of EFC

Who's Who

Prof. Philippe Marcus, EFC PresidentPhotoPM_klein

Philippe Marcus was elected as EFC President for a three-year term at the EFC General Assembly in Edinburgh on 8th September 2008. He is Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Director of the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces (LPCS) at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) in Paris. Born in 1953, Philippe obtained his PhD in Physical Sciences from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris during 1979. His research interests include surface chemistry, surface electrochemistry and corrosion science, with emphasis on the understanding of the structure and properties of metal and alloy surfaces. He is particularly well known for his work on the passivity of metals and the growth, atomic structure and stability of passive films on metals. He has a total of over 300 publications to his credit.
Since 1990 he has chaired EFC Working Party 6 on Surface Science and Mechanisms of Corrosion and Protection, during which period it has published two books in the EFC Series: EFC 12 Modifications of Passive Films and EFC 44 The use of Electrochemical Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (EC-STM) in Corrosion Analysis: Reference Material and Procedural Guidelines.
Among the many conferences that he has helped to organise, Prof. Marcus chaired the organising committees for the EUROCORR 2004 and EUROCORR 2009 Conferences, both of which took place in Nice and were highly successful events.
In recognition of his outstanding work, Prof. Marcus has received a number of awards and honours, including the 1980 Jules Garnier Award and the 1986 Rist Award from the French Metallurgical Society, the 2005 Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2008 Whitney Award from NACE International and the 2008 Cavallaro Medal from the European Federation of Corrosion. He is an elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Members News

The new EFC Affiliate Membership category for companies and universities/research centres provides a range of attractive benefits for annual contributions of only 1,500 or 1,000 Euros per year, respectively.
Since Affiliate Membership was introduced last September, three universities have already been approved as EFC Affiliates by both the EFC Board of Administrators and the General Assembly, as follows:
  • University of Mons - Materia Nova Research Centre, Belgium;
  • University of Gdansk - Department of Electrochemistry, Corrosion and Materials Engineering, Poland;
  • Curtin University - Western Australia Corrosion Research Group, Australia.
A number of expressions of interest have also been received recently from companies.
If you would like to apply for Affiliate Membership on behalf of your organisation, please complete one of the accompanying application forms and submit it to one of the three offices of the EFC Secretariat.

EFC Working Parties

There are currently nineteen active working parties (WPs), each concerned with a different aspect of the corrosion of metals, alloys and polymer materials. The WPs undertake many interesting activities within their own fields, such as: collaborative research and testing programmes; the organisation of workshops, seminars and conferences; the preparation of state-of-the-art reports, guidelines and proceedings for publication as books in the EFC Series; and the organisation of sessions at the annual EUROCORR conferences.

Membership of the EFC Working Parties is available as of right to all EFC members (i.e. those belonging to the EFC Member Societies (European and International) or to the EFC Affiliate Members (companies or universities/research centres). Anyone wishing to join a particular WP should apply to the appropriate Chairman, details of whom are given below, or to the EFC Scientific Secretary, Dr Paul McIntyre c/o The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB ().

  • WP21: Corrosion of Heritage Artefacts
    Dr. Philippe Dillmann, France ()

News from EFC Working Parties

EFC Working Party 11: Corrosion of Steel in Concrete

The Task Group on Planning of Corrosion Surveys and Monitoring of Corrosion of Steel in Concrete aims to publish recommendations on how to select and combine different test methods and monitoring systems efficiently to assess the condition of a structure with regard to corrosion of the reinforcement. The publication will be aimed at the owners of structures and non-specialists who need basic information about structural surveys. The following questions will be discussed:
• When should a structure be investigated or monitored?
• What information is needed?
• Which are the recommended test methods to obtain this information?
• How many measuring values should be taken and/or how many sensors should be embedded in the structure?
• What further investigations can be carried out to assess the results of measurements?

Kenji Reichling

EFC Working Party 18: Tribocorrosion

Following recent workshops organised by WP18 on tribocorrosion (Nice 2004, Freiburg 2007, Nice 2009) it has been decided to prepare an EFC Green Book on Tribocorrosion entitled: Testing Tribocorrosion for Supporting Innovation, Research, and Industrial Implementation. The Contact Persons are Jean-Pierre Celis and Pierre Ponthiaux who are coordinating the writing of the book by a number of European experts in the field. Please feel free to contact them if you have some interesting contributions that still can be included.

J.P. Celis & P. Ponthiaux


EUROCORR 2010is being organised by ANTIKOR, the Russian member society of EFC. It will take place in Moscow on 13-17 September 2010 with the general theme "From the Earth's Depths to Space Heights." Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the event in order to qualify for the reduced fees available before 16 July 2010 and to facilitate the acquisition of a visa, where necessary. All EFC Members (i.e. those belonging to an EFC Member Society or Affiliate Member) qualify for reductions of up to 12% from the full registration fees. For further information visit:

EUROCORR 2011 is being organised by Swerea KIMAB, the Swedish member society of EFC. It will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5 - 8 September 2011.

EUROCORR 2012 will be organised by the Corrosion Association of Turkey, the Turkish member society of EFC and is to take place in Istanbul on 9-13 September 2012.

It was decided at the most recent meeting of the EFC Board of Administrators in Frankfurt, on 5 March 2010, that EUROCORR 2013 will be hosted in Estoril by SPM, the Portuguese member society. The dates originally proposed for the event were 8-13 September 2013 but these will have to be changed in order to avoid a direct clash with the International Society of Electrochemistry's annual meeting in 2013. An announcement will appear as soon as more suitable dates have been fixed.

Forthcoming Events

The attached EFC Calendar provides details of forthcoming events to which EFC Event Numbers have been allocated.

EFC Awards

The Cavallaro Medal was instituted by The University of Ferrara to honour the memory of and the work accomplished by Professor Leo Cavallaro, founder of the "Aldo Dacco" Study Centre on Corrosion, an annexe of the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Ferrara. This gold medal is awarded every two years to a scientist who is particularly distinguished by his activity and his publications in the field of corrosion research.

The winner of the Cavallaro Medal to be presented at EUROCORR 2010 in Moscow is Prof.-Ing M. Schütze of the Karl-Winnacker-Institut at DECHEMA e.V. in Frankfurt.

Application Forms for Affiliate Membership

See the application forms to be used by companies and universities/research centres wishing to apply to become an Affiliate Member of EFC. Simply complete the appropriate form and return it to one of the three offices of the EFC Secretariat.

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