Corrosion in Energy Sectors

Short course: May 25 and 27, 2021

Course description 

The course will cover fundamentals involved in the basics of corrosion in oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical industries, corrosion in nuclear waste management, corrosion problems and solutions in bio-energy and bio-oil production,  and understanding environmental degradation of materials through modelling. 

Intended audience

  • Students
  • Engineers
  • Managers of all levels 
  • Technicians
  • Scientists Inspectors
  • Educators, teachers, trainers


Course organizers:
Jing Liu, University of Alberta 
Min (Mina) Xu, University of British Columbia 

Schedule (all times are EST):


Dr. Alec Groysman
Dr. Alec GroysmanPresident of Honor, Association of Chemical Engineers & Chemists in Israel
Dr. Alec Groysman graduated from the Chemico-Technological University named after Mendeleev in Moscow. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry and corrosion. He has experience in corrosion, corrosion control and corrosion monitoring from 1976 in the oil refining, oil and gas, petrochemical, and chemical industry and teaching the subject of corrosion.
He worked for 22 years for oil refinery Haifa and at the same time taught corrosion science and technology in universities(Technion, Haifa; Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Ariel University) and College of Engineering (Karmiel, Israel). He is an Honor President of Israeli Association of Chemical Engineers and Chemists.
He deals with kinetics and thermodynamics of corrosion processes, on-line corrosion monitoring, choice and use of corrosion inhibitors, coating systems, selection of appropriate alloys for corrosive service, failure analysis, corrosion management, and assessment of corrosion risk.
He has special interests in corrosion education and in searching for relationships between corrosion, art, history, and philosophy.
Dr. Jamie Noël
Dr. Jamie NoëlAssistant Professor of Chemistry at Western University in Canada
Dr. Jamie Noël, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Western University, is an electrochemist and corrosion scientist whose research includes studies of the degradation of nuclear fuel and container materials for permanent disposal of fuel waste. He leads a diverse research group of 25 graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research scientists who conduct experimental research on many aspects of the corrosion of copper, carbon steel, uranium dioxide, stainless steels, nickel alloys and other materials. He has industry research partnerships with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (Toronto) and the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, SKB, as well as other non-nuclear industry partners. He is Chair of the Electrochemical Society Education Committee, Chair of the Electrochemical Society Corrosion Division, and Associate Editor of CORROSION Journal. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles, 50 refereed conference proceedings papers, 20 commercial reports, and 5 book chapters and was awarded the Western Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professorship (2019 & 2020), and the Electrochemical Society R.C. Jacobsen (2018) and Lash Miller Awards (2003).
Dr. Victor Padilla
Dr. Victor Padilla P. Eng., Ph.D., is a research manager at FPInnovations in Canada
Victor Padilla P. Eng., Ph.D., is a research manager with twelve years of experience in research, and over fifteen years of experience in engineering combined with management. Victor started his career as an engineer working for The Hershey Company and Continental AG where he quickly realized the importance of materials science. He received his Ph.D. on Materials Science at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research focused on Soil Corrosion Behavior of Hot-Dipped Galvanized Steel in Infrastructure Applications.
He is now an active member of TAPPI and NACE, and works at FPInnovations, a private not-for-profit organization that specializes in the creation of solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness.
For the last six years, his research has focused on high temperature damage mechanisms and the design and execution of experiments in laboratory and field environments with the objective of offering practical material solutions to both existing and new technologies. These technologies provide a transformation pathway that offer and alternative to traditional resources to produce Bioenergy, Biofuels, and high-value chemicals and materials.
Dr. Hao Zhang
Dr. Hao ZhangProfessor at University of Alberta in Canada
Before joining the University of Alberta in September 2007, Dr. Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He received B.E. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University and PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. The general area of research of Dr. Zhang is computational and theoretical materials science with focus on understanding the static and dynamic properties of defects and relating the defects properties to thermodynamic, kinetic, chemical, and mechanical properties of materials. In particular, he has been focusing on identifying the string-like cooperative motion in different strongly interacting particle systems, revealing the fundamental atomistic mechanisms for elastic and plastic deformation in metallic glasses, developing crack growth rate model in pipeline steel due to the effect of hydrogen embrittlement, investigating mechanical response in nanostructured materials, and designing high capacity hydrotalcite for CO2 capture. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 journal publications in the areas of computational materials science with papers appearing in venues such as PNAS, ACS Nano, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Soft Matter, Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Review B, Acta Materialia, etc.