Corrosion and corrosion protection of metals

Short description of the research team

Thematic fields of interest/research areas: The research activity deals with the study of corrosion and corrosion protection of metals.
In particular, the more recent research topics are the following ones:
- development of protective coatings for metals of industrial and historical/artistic interest
- corrosion inhibition by organic substances
- corrosion behaviour of industrial alloys in conditions relevant to their application (lean duplex stainless steels for oil and gas field, corrosion and tribocorrosion of metallic and ceramic materials for biomedical applications, study of rebar corrosion behavior in traditional and innovative concretes)

Manager/head of the team: Cecilia Monticelli

Team members: Andrea Balbo; Federica Zanotto; Vincenzo Grassi


Research infrastructures:

  • Zeiss EVO MA 15 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with an Oxford X-Max 50 (Oxford Instruments) energy dispersive microprobe for semi-quantitative analyses (EDS);
  • Leica Metallographic optical microscope;
  • Taylor Hobson Talysurf CCI Lite 3D optical profilometer;
  • Bruker ARTAX transportable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer;
  • Thermo-Scientific Nicolet iS50 FTIR spectrometer;
  • Quartz crystal microbalance PAR QCM-922;
  • Various PAR EG&G Potentiostat-Galvanostats (263A, 273A, Parstat 2263, Parstat 2273); Angelantoni Hygros 15 climatic chamber for controlled atmosphere testing;
  • Angelantoni DCTC 500 salt spray test chamber;
  • Slow Strain Rate Testing Machine for SCC susceptibility investigations
  • Critical Pitting Temperature Apparatus
  • Workshop for specimen preparation and surface grinding/polishing.
  • Access to X-Ray Diffraction analyses.


Prerequisites of the trainee researcher:

Level of education: Master Degree or PhD  according to “Marie Curie Individual Fellowship” Action requirements

Research experience: Experience in the field of Corrosion and Corrosion protection

Required working language: English



Cecilia Monticelli
Centro di Studi sulla Corrosione e Metallurgia "A. Daccò"
Dipartimento di Ingegneria - Università di Ferrara
Via Saragat, 4a
44122 Ferrara
Tel 0039 0532 455136



  • Applied and Industrial Chemistry
  • Products and Processes Engineering: Product design, process design and control, construction methods, civil engineering, energy processes, material engineering