Congratulations Sina Matin for winning the 2021 Stewart McIntyre Award!

Sina is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry at Western University. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Noël and his research has focused on the pitting probability of Cu under Deep Geological Repository (DGR) conditions. Cu has sufficient corrosion resistance in different environments such as deaerated conditions; however, localized corrosion might occur resulting from the presence of aggressive anions, oxygen, or an increase of the pH. As a result, the susceptibility of Cu to localized corrosion, specifically pitting, must be considered carefully to avoid any unpredictable failures. Sina has conducted electrochemical techniques and statistical analysis to investigate the pitting probability of Cu in unary and binary solutions containing chloride, sulfate, and carbonate. Moreover, he has employed surface-sensitive techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to evaluate the stochastic nature of passive film formation, morphology, and composition on the Cu. Read more here.