As a corrosion scientist, I view corrosion in everyday life differently than many people. Corrosion extends beyond rusting bicycles, cars, and household plumbing; having spent all my working life dealing with corrosion, I am still excited by how manifold the corrosion-related research questions can be. Solving a corrosion problem may require detective skills, as the origin of the problem is not always found amongst the usual suspects (such as crevices and chlorides). For me, this makes metals and alloys that corrode far more interesting than materials with extreme corrosion resistance.

During my graduate studies in materials science in Finland, I began my first research project relating to corrosion—specifically focused on icebreakers. After a few struggles, related to cold winter, harsh conditions for field testing, as well as the massive size of my samples (albeit much smaller than a real icebreaker), not only did I have...

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