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Prof Robert Akid - personal details

Contact details

Role: Chair in Corrosion & Materials

Tel: 0161 306-5954

Location: The Mill-E16
School of Materials
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Professor Robert Akid is the BP/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Corrosion & Materials. Prof. Akid is a Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), a Fellow and Chairman of the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and a UK delegate on the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) Working Party on Physico-Chemical Methods of Corrosion Testing. His principal research activities include the evaluation of localised corrosion in metals/alloys and its implications in the early stages of corrosion and corrosion fatigue damage in which he has over 20 years experience. Since 1993 he has worked on comparing conventional methods of assessing corrosion damage with that of the new electrochemical scanning probe (ESP) techniques. Through this work he became the Co-ordinator of the EPSRC funded UK-based ESP Network (GR/NO4881) which undertook and completed an associated EPSRC-funded Multi-Project Research Equipment programme (GR/NO8611) to initiate University-Industry collaborative studies of localised corrosion of steels, Al alloys and welded systems using these techniques. Recent research council awards include (with Smith) two Medical Research Council grants, a Discipline Hopping Award, assessing (a) encapsulation of antibiotics in sol-gel coatings and (b) potential of enzyme encapsulated sol-gel coatings as biosensors; EPSRC and EPSRC Follow-on fund grants related to the “Development of a functional sol-gel coating system via encapsulation of microorganisms”. Prof Akid is a past Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow and recent Yorkshire Enterprise Fellow. Prof Akid has published some 90+ scientific papers covering the above research areas and more recently has published and successfully patented in the area of sol-gel coatings. He is widely connected with industry and has produced over 60 industrial research and expert witness reports. He is the Technical Editor of the Institute of Corrosion’s bimonthly publication, Corrosion Management, a member of the EPSRC college panel and an Editorial Board member of two International Journals.