Development of corrosion-resistant alloys, coatings and claddings
The future of manufacturing in Australia
Advanced electrochemical analysis
Kinetic stability of materials such as aerospace alloys and stainless steels
Fundamental characterisation of corrosion processes on the nano and micro scale
Nick has devoted his career to creating rust-free lightweight metals. In recent years he has worked to devise a number of corrosion resistant alloys, including an unusual, lightweight, corrosion resistant magnesium-lithium alloy. Such alloys can massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by reducing the weight of vehicles.
In 2016, a partnership between Monash University and Woodside Energy gave Nick the opportunity to take his research on materials engineering to the next level.
Nick is now head of the Woodside Innovation Centre, which focuses on producing critical parts quickly for industry – and improving their performance. To do that, the centre has every type of 3D printer in the world. Artificial intelligence is another focus.
“Some of the work done in the centre is going to be very important, not just for Woodside and Monash, but for where engineering is heading into the future,” says Nick.