Plenary Lectures


Prof. Carmen Andrade has studied the durability of buildings, with particular attention at the corrosion of steel in concrete at the Institute of Construction Sciences “Eduardo Torroja” of the CSIC (National Research Council) of Spain. At present is Visiting Research Professor at CIMNE (International Center for Numerical Analysis in Engineering”. She has worked in basic and in applied aspects of the corrosion being the main subjects of research: a) measurement techniques such as Polarization Resistance and Electrochemical Impedance which have been patented and introduced in a portable corrosion rate meter, including contactless measurements, b) the use of concrete resistivity to account for reinforcement corrosion resistance, c) preventive methods as galvanized and corrosion inhibitors and d) calculation of service life of concrete structures. She is Dr. Honoris Causa by the University of Trondheim (Norway) and Alicante (Spain). Among other recognitions she is 2013-R.N. Whitney Award by NACE, 2002-National Price of Portugal in Civil Engineering, 1987-Robert L’Hermite Medal (RILEM) and 2013-Award to the Research achievements by ALCONPAT. She has been President of RILEM (2000-2003) and of the UEATc  (1994-1998). At the level of Administration she has been (2006-2008) General Director of Technological Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.

Plenary Lecture title: Concrete structures: on-site electrochemical techniques and concrete resistivity to predict service life

ABSTRACT: Concrete protects the steel of the reinforcements in a similar manner than do the paints but with the particularity that it is a material chemically active and evolving for decades. Concrete provides a very alkaline electrolyte encapsulated in its pore network. The steel may remain passive indefinitely but chlorides and atmospheric carbon dioxide penetrate the pores and reaching the reinforcement promote corrosion, which impairs the concrete structural properties inducing the cover cracking and the loss in steel-concrete bond. Calculation of service life is becoming an important subject in engineering terms due to the increasing demand to produce buildings and infrastructures with service life beyond 100 years. In the lecture focuss will be devoted to two main areas: 1) the measurement techniques in concrete and permanent probes, including on site methods for large structures and contactless (inductive) methods 2) the illustration of the corrosion resistance control exerted by concrete resistivity which enables the calculation of the diffusion of ions through the concrete and the prediction of the corrosion rate in function of the climatic conditions.


Dante Battocchi, received a Doctor Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Trento in Trento, Italy, in which he studied a sensor for the characterization of Aluminum alloys corrosion. He also earned a Master’s degree in Polymers and Coatings, and a PhD in Materials and Nanotechnology from North Dakota State University (NDSU) based on the development, characterization and testing of a Magnesium-based protective primer for Al alloys. He served for many years as the Associate Director of the NDSU Center for Surface Protection, a research center in which the University partners with private sector companies to do research on materials, novel ingredients, approaches and product formulations. Battocchi is currently an Assistant Professor in the NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials where he teaches classes on Corrosion and Materials, Coatings and Colors and Appearance. Battocchi’s research work includes electrochemical analysis and characterization of corrosion events on metal surfaces, mainly non-ferrous metals, electrochemical characterization of protective coatings, new coatings formulations and development of new testing protocols. His published work includes articles in journals such as Corrosion Science, Journal of Electrochemical Society, Progress in Organic Coatings and numerous conference proceedings. He is the co-founder of Elinor Specialty Coatings, a small business focused on the development and manufacturing of protective coatings for metals and previously served as an agent with the Italian State Police.

Plenary Lecture title: Cr-free coatings for the protection of Aircraft alloys

ABSTRACT: Chromate based coating have been the standard for the protection of Aluminum aircraft alloys for many years. Hexavalent Chromium is at the same time, a very effective corrosion inhibitor and a dangerous carcinogen. Despite the evidence of the heath consequences that can be caused by its exposure to humans, object also of a movie in the late 90s, its use in protective coatings is allowed and regulated as an active ingredient in protective coatings. In the past years, several research programs have been focused on matching the performance of Cr-based coatings using ingredients that are not dangerous for the personnel that are in contact with the coating and for the environment as well. As a result of these efforts, there are candidate materials that have been developed and tested side by side with chromate-based commercial formulations that will be good candidates for replacement. In this lecture a review of the recent achievements in the protection of aircraft Al alloys with coatings will be presented.



Jeff Didas, NACE International 2018-2019 President
Jeffrey L. "Jeff" Didas has over 40 years’ experience in the corrosion industry, working for pipeline and energy company owner/operators.  He currently serves as Senior Corrosion Engineer for Matcor, Inc, a consulting engineering firm. Didas has been a member of NACE since January 1, 1975. And is the organizations 2018-19 President.  Jeff has also served as the organizations Treasurer and as the Member Activities Director. He has a long history of involvement in NACE at the section, area and committee levels, both in the U.S and in the Middle East.  His Technical Practices Committee/ Technical Committee participation has included serving as Technology Coordinator C2; Program Coordinator N1; Chair T-10D; Chair T-10D/T-6A-63; Chair T-10A-18; and presently Chair of TEG 022X, TEG 208X and TG 012. Didas has delivered several oral presentations and published several papers for NACE conferences as well as the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course. In appreciation for his many years of commitment to the organization, he received the NACE Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Didas attended Thomas A. Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, where he received his BSET in electrical engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Mass.

Biodata: NACE International certified – corrosion specialist-cathodic protection specialist-protective coating specialist and chemical treatment specialist; SSPC – protective coating specialist; BSEE Electrical Engineering – Thomas A Edison State University, Trenton, NJ USA; ASEE Electronics Technology – Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA USA; NACE International member since 01-01-1975; NACE International Vice President – 2017 to 2018.

Plenary lecture title: The IMPACT Study, "A global examination of corrosion management best practices"

ABSTRACT: NACE International—The Worldwide Corrosion Authority has released the 2016 IMPACT study to examine the current role of corrosion management in industry and government and establish best practices. This presentation will provide a review of the report’s content, including valuable tools for companies to implement an effective Corrosion Management System Framework, benchmark their current practices with other organizations worldwide, and learn how to optimize the safety and lifetime of critical assets.


Joerg-Alfred Vogelsang, Dr. rer. nat. Joerg Alfred Vogelsang, Head Corporate Analytics & Testing - Sika Technology AG
PhD in Physical Chemistry at the faculty of Chemistry, University of Stuttgart. Since 1992 with Sika, since 2002 in R&D headquarter in Zurich/Switzerland. Responsible for Corporate Analytic Service and Material Testing, directly reporting to CTO of Sika AG. Chairman of ISO TC35 SC9, convenor WG29 "electrochemical methods" in ISO TC35. Vice - chair of DIN NAB7. Member of the board of EFC and vice president of GfKORR.

Plenary lecture title: Testing of coatings in industrial context: expectations and limitations

ABSTRACT: After an introduction into the requirements of testing organic coatings in an industrial context a survey on testing methods will be given. These tests are manifold, using simple salt spray test, ranging via cyclic testing and ending up at advanced electrochemical techniques. In industry cases these methods are requested to be highly reliable, reproducible and trustful. However, accelerated testing is of high demand but also of high concern. Slogans like “Faster time to market” on one side and customers’ expectations are spanning a range of conflicts but also interesting opportunities for further research activities.


Michael Thorup Kruse - General Manager of Jotun Poland since January 2016.
Active in coating business since 1978, working on managerial positions for Hempel and Jotun. Deep knowledge of different coating segments: Protective, Marine, Powder and Decorative. Also involved into paint production processes, especially during 4 years responsibility for Jotun Philippines. Close cooperation with Research and Development, as well as Business Development Units within the Company. Responsible for further Jotun Polska development on basis of strategy combining market knowledge and new coating trends within the industry. Privately, member of Lions Club in Danmark and active volunteer supporting music concerts and festivals.

Plenary lecture title: Outlook for the future

ABSTRACT: The world is changing before our eyes.
In not-so- distance past, computers occupied an entire room, while now they virtually fit in our pockets. There are mass-produced electric cars on our roads, and by the 2035 half of the cars sold globally will be electric. You can buy solar panels in a furniture shop and, according to experts, the renewable energy trend is here to stay. On the one hand, we are happy with the technological progress. On the other hand, we are afraid of some of its consequences. The development cannot be stopped. But we can prepare for the changes and affect them. Although predicting the unpredictable is a though task, Jotun by listening to customers, experts and by exploring development opportunities, is constantly working on modern solutions within the coating industry. Innovation is a permanent element of our activity. What have we achieved and where are we heading? Find out what is Jotun's outlook for the future.