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Nick Birbilis

Nick Birbilis

Head, Materials Science and Engineering, and Woodside Innovation Chair
+61 3 990 54919
Room 109, 22 Alliance, Clayton Campus



PhD (Materials), Monash 2004
B.Eng (Hons.1), Monash 2001
Grad. Cert. Higher Ed., Monash, 2010


Nick Birbilis is the Woodside Innovation Chair and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include the broad areas of corrosion and corrosion control. Current focus is centred on microstructure-corrosion relationships, exploring the metallurgical factors that dictate localised corrosion initiation and propagation. Because of this, a focus is placed on the underlying physical metallurgy and advanced characterisation.

Present areas of research also include:

  • Alloy design (with a view to development of corrosion resistant alloy development)
  • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing of metals.
  • Functional corrosion resistant coatings
  • Computational materials science
  • Metallic biomaterials


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  • Fellow, The Electrochemical Society
  • Fellow, NACE
  • Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Metals Research, CAS. China. (2015)
  • T.P. Hoar Award, Institute of Corrosion, UK (2014)
  • Victorian Tall Poppy Award (2013)
  • VC's Award for Excellence in Research by an ECR (2012)
  • H.H. Uhlig Award, NACE, (2012)
  • Deans Early Career Researcher Award, (2012)
  • Electrochimica Acta Award, ISE, Switzerland (2007)
  • Australia-China Fellowship. DEST (Australia) & MOST (China) (2007)
  • AmaC Corrosion Research Award, ACA, Australia (2003)
  • Harvey Herro Award in Applied Corrosion Technology. NACE (2003)
  • Austrim-Nylex Prize (2000)
  • ESSO Engineering Award (1999)

Teaching Commitments:

  • ENG1051
  • MTE3541
  • MTE4571
  • MTE4595
  • MTE5883/6883


  • Corrosion Reviews
  • Electrochimica Acta. Handling Editor, Corrosion.
  • Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM)

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Research Interests:

  • Metallic biomaterials
  • Functional coatings.
  • Fundamental characterisation of corrosion processes on the nano/micro-scale
  • Corrosion and corrosion control
  • Development of corrosion resistant alloys
  • Additive manufacturing