Emeritus Professor David Young
Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor David Young

School of Materials Science & Engineering



Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scientist, Dechema, Frankfurt, Germany, 2009
  • Visiting Professor, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2007
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, INPT-CIRIMAT, Toulouse, 2006
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2005
  • Head of School, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW  1989-2003
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, School of Chemical Engineering & Industrial Chemistry, UNSW 1989-1988
  • Visiting Professor, Istituto dei Materiali, Universita di Genova, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Materials Research, Mcmaster University, 1983
  • Research Officer, Central Research Laboratories, BHP Steel, 1977-1978
  • Research Officer, Applied Chemistry, National Research Council of Canada, 1975-1977
  • Research Fellow, Materials Science & Engineering, McMaster University, 1971-1975
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, University of Toronto, 1969-1971



Research Contribution

Most significant contributions are in the field of high temperature alloy-gas interactions.  Particular emphasis is placed on the diffusion and phase transformation processes which support these reactions.  Current work includes fundamental studies of metal dusting reactions and of water vapour effects on oxidation. The work has led to two books, 6 patents and about 200 international journal papers. It has been recognised by election as chair of a Gordon Research Conference, appointment to ARC Advisory Panel, Engineering and Environmental Sciences (2001-2003), appointed to Board, CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development, and membership of editorial boards: Oxidation of Metals, J. Corrosion Science & Technology, J. Phase Equilibrium, Materials Science Forum, continuous funding from peer reviewed competitive grant schemes since 1979. Total of 49 PhD and Masters students graduated, including 12 since 2000.  Recent publication of a book “High temperature oxidation and corrosion” (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008) provides a summary and review of much of the research on high temperature materials carried out in the School over the past two decades.



Teaching Contributions

Retired from teaching.  During period as Head of School, revised all undergraduate programs and established the BSc (Nanotechnology) degree.



Awards & Memberships

2010 Fellow, Electrochemical Society
2008 U.R. Evans Award (Institute Corrosion Science & Technology, UK)
2008 High Temperature Materials Outstanding Achievement Award (Electrochemical Society, USA)
2003 Corrosion Medal (Australasian Corrosion Association)
1995 FRACI
1993 FTSE
1990 FIMMA, FIEAust

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School of Materials Science & Engineering Building E8 UNSW NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Xie Y; Nguyen TD; Zhang J; Young DJ, 2018, 'Corrosion behaviour of Ni-Cr alloys in wet CO2 atmosphere at 700 and 800 °C', Corrosion Science, vol. 146, pp. 28 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2018.10.029