High Temperature Corrosion in Energy Systems

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High-temperature (>500°C) corrosion is ubiquitous in energy conversion and industrial systems, e.g., engines/turbines, fuel cells and chemical processing, and can significantly limit system performance and durability. This presentation will review these challenges and interdisciplinary efforts at MSU to address them. Specifically, designing, constructing and operating meaningful laboratory scale facsimiles of industrial applications, and using these to investigate the evolution of materials in corrosive environments will be discussed. Additionally, an overview of the new Montana Engineering Education Research Center at MSU will be presented, along with opportunities to engage.

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Paul Gannon is an associate professor in chemical and biological engineering at Montana State University (MSU). He earned BS and PhD degrees in chemical en-gineering from MSU in 2002 and 2007 while enjoying collaborative research experi-ences at Arcomac Surface Engineering in Bozeman and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Since 2008, Paul has been on the faculty at MSU where he directs a high-temperature materials laboratory and has increasingly engaged in engineering education research and development. His laboratory has produced over two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles describing research by numerous graduate students and undergraduate students, and he is author of Introduction to Energy, Environment and Sustainability, 3rd Ed., published by Kendall Hunt. Paul is one of the MSU faculty affiliated with the Materials Science Ph.D. program.