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Prof Robert Cottis - personal details

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Prof Robert Cottis

Role: Professor of Corrosion Science and Engineering

Tel: 0161 306-4843

Location: The Mill-E19
School of Materials
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Bob Cottis studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1967, specializing in Metallurgy. He was awarded a PhD in 1973 for work on electrodeposition in the fluidized electrode at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Cambridge.


He was appointed as a Project Manager, then Research Manager at the Fulmer Research Institute, a contract research organization that was wholly-owned by the Institute of Physics. There he worked on long-term research in the general area of corrosion, with much of the work being on corrosion fatigue. In addition he undertook many short-term failure investigations and other consultancy work.

He joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre, UMIST in 1979, initially as a lecturer, then senior lecturer (1992), reader (2000) and professor (2007).

He is active in the development of teaching in the field of Corrosion, being responsible for the development of a distance learning approach to the MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering, and Director of the TLTP Consortium that developed the Ecorr courseware to support corrosion teaching.

He is founding editor of the open access online Journal of Corrosion Science and Engineering and founder of the CORROS-L Mailing List for corrosion questions. In 2005 he was awarded the T.J. Hull Award of NACE International for services to NACE in the field of publications.