Corrosion facilities

The Corrosion and Protection Group have access to a wide array of state of the art tools for corrosion measurements, surface engineering, materials characterisation, and interface analysis.

Address: Corrosion and Protection, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Electrochemical instrumentation

There is a large suite of equipment for advanced electrochemical measurements, an essential element of most corrosion studies. Cutting edge approaches include the application of electrochemical noise to inhibitor functionality.


To mimic more extreme environments, there are a number of autoclaves. Not only can corrosion rates be evaluated, but there is the capability to perform in situ characterisation, including Raman and Digital Image Correlation.


A range of state of the art electron (SEM/TEM) and scanning probe microscopes are available for materials imaging.  Facilites for 3D substrate characterisation (3View and FIB-SEM), as well as local electronic structure (EELS) are available.

X-ray tomography

A number of X-ray tomography instruments are available in the University’s Henry Moseley Centre.  They enable 3D imaging of the internal structure of materials over a range of length scales (nm to cm).

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

A Kratos Ultra Axis XPS instrument provides capability for chemical analysis of sample surfaces. In addition to standard spectroscopy, laterally resolved spectroscopic images can be acquired from heterogeneous surfaces. Click here for further information.

Large-scale facilities

Besides laboratory based experiments, synchrotron light and neutron sources are used to gain more details of corrosion related processes, e.g. XANES is employed to determine interfacial chemical speciation, in situ.

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