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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Electrochemical Processes and Corrosion Protection


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Ingrid Milošev


The main objective of this course is to gain basic knowledge on electrochemical processes with an emphasis on corrosion processes. Students will get insight into various forms of corrosion and course of corrosion processes under various conditions and learn methods of corrosion protection. Course will contribute to a broader knowledge on materials.


1. Introduction to electrochemistry and corrosion of materials
2. Thermodynamics of electrochemical processes; kinetics of electrochemical processes; pH-diagrams
3. Types of corrosion: general, intergranular, selective, stress corrosion cracking, pitting, exfoliation, fatigue, glavanic, erosion, crevice
4. Measurements of corrosion processes: instrumentation and experimental set-up; electrochemical methods, salt spray chamber, gravimetric method
5. Corrosion prevention and control: materials selection and design; modification of electrolyte, corrosion inhibitors; anodic and cathodic protection; coatings: electroplating, conversion coatings, anodization, phosphating, chromating
6. Contemporary corrosion protection: sol-gel coatings, self-assembled layers, functional coatings
7. Corrosion processes under specific conditions: corrosion in water and aqueous solutions (sea, soil, concrete, industrial atmoshperes); atmospheric corrosion, microbial corrosion, corrosion of biomaterials
8.Corrosion protection of important engineering materials; steels and carbon steels, aluminium and its alloys, copper and its alloysm nickel, zinc, titanium and titanium alloys, cobalt and cobalt alloys

Course literature:

1. »Modern Electrochemistry 2A«, J. O'M Bockris, A.K.N. Reddy, M. Gamboa-Aldeco, 2nd ed., Kulwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, 2000
2. »Corrosion Mechanisms in Theory and Practice«, P. Marcus, J. Oudar (Eds.), M. Dekker, New York, 2002.
3. »Uhling's Corrosion Handbook«, R. Winstone Revie (Ed.), 2nd ed., Electrochemical Society Series, Wiley-Interscience, 2006
4. »Industrial Electrochemistry«, D. Pletcher, F.C. Walsh, 2nd ed., Chapmann and Hall, 1990
5. »Fundamentals of metallic corrosion«, Corrosion Engineering Handbook, P.A. Schweitzer, 2nd. ed., CRC Press, 2007

Significant publications and references:

1. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, ŽERJAV, Gregor, CALDERON MORENO, Jose Maria, POPA, Monica. Electrochemical properties, chemical composition and thickness of passive film formed on novel Ti20Nb10Zr5Ta alloy. Electrochim. acta, 2013, vol. 99, str. 176-189.
2. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, BLEJAN, Diana, VARVARA, Simona, MURESAN, Liana-Maria Muresan. Effect of anodic oxidation on the corrosion behavior of Ti-based materials in simulated physiological solution. J. Appl. Electrochem., 2013, vol. 43, no. 7, str. 645-658.
3. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, HMELJAK, Julija, CÖR, Andrej. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the formation of calcium phosphate on CoCrMo alloy in simulated physiological solution. J. Mater. Sci., Mater. Med., 2013, vol. 24, no. 3, str. 555-571.
4. MILOŠEV, Ingrid. CoCrMo alloy for biomedical applications. V: DJOKIĆ, Stojan S. (ur.). Biomedical applications, (Modern aspects of electrochemistry, 55). New York [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2012, str. 1-72.
5. MILOŠEV, Ingrid. The effect of biomolecules on the behaviour of CoCrMo alloy in various simulated physiological solutions. Electrochim. acta, 2012, vol. 78, str. 259-273.
6. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, JOVANOVIĆ, Ž., BAJAT, Jelena B., JANČIĆ-HEINEMANN, R. M., MIŠKOVIĆ-STANKOVIĆ, Vesna B. Surface analysis and electrochemical behavior of aluminum pretreated by vinyltriethoxysilane films in mild NaCl solution. J. Electrochem. Soc., 2012, vol. 159, no. 7, str. C303-C311.
7. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, METIKOŠ-HUKOVIĆ, Mirjana, PETROVIĆ, Željka. Influence of preparation methods on the properties of self-assembled films of octadecylphosphonate on Nitinol: XPS and EIS studies. Mater. sci. eng., C, Biomim. mater., sens. syst., 2012, vol. 32, no. 8, str. 2604-2616.
8. KOKALJ, Anton, KOVAČEVIĆ, Nataša, PELJHAN, Sebastijan, FINŠGAR, Matjaž, LESAR, Antonija, MILOŠEV, Ingrid. Triazole, benzotriazole, and naphthotriazole as copper corrosion inhibitors. I., Molecular electronic and adsorption properties. ChemPhysChem., 2011, vol. 12, no. 18, str. 3547-3555.
9. MILOŠEV, Ingrid. Metallic materials for biomedical applications : laboratory and clinical studies. Pure appl. chem., 2011, vol. 83, no. 2, str. 309-324.
10. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, KOSEC, Tadeja, BELE, Marjan. The formation of hydrophobic and corrosion resistant surfaces on copper and bronze by treatment in myristic acid. J. Appl. Electrochem., 2010, vol. 40, no. 7, str. 1317-1323.
11. KOKALJ, Anton, PELJHAN, Sebastijan, FINŠGAR, Matjaž, MILOŠEV, Ingrid. What determines the inhibition effectiveness of ATA, BTAH, and BTAOH corrosion inhibitors on copper?. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, vol. 132, no. 46, str. 16657-16668.
12. LESAR, Antonija, MILOŠEV, Ingrid. Density functional study of the corrosion inhibition properties of 1,2,4-triazole and its amino derivatives. Chem. Phys. Lett., 2009, vol. 483, no. 4/6, str. 198-203.
13. VIRTANEN, Sanna, MILOŠEV, Ingrid, GOMEZ-BARRENA, E., TREBŠE, Rihard, SALO, J., KONTTINEN, Y.T. Special modes of corrosion under physiological and simulated physiological conditions. Acta biomaterialia, 2008, vol. 4, no. 3, str. 468-476.
14. KOSEC, Tadeja, KEK-MERL, Darja, MILOŠEV, Ingrid. Impedance and XPS study of benzotriazole films formed on copper, copper-zinc alloys and zinc in chloride solution. Corros. sci.. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 50, no. 7, str. 1987-1997.
15. MILOŠEV, Ingrid, KOSEC, Tadeja, STREHBLOW, Hans-Henning. XPS and EIS study of the passive film formed on orthopaedic Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy in Hank's physiological solution. Electrochim. acta, 2008, vol. 53, no. 9, str. 3547-3558.


• seminar (50 %)
• oral exam (50 %)

Students obligations:

• seminar and oral exam