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.
Retired from teaching. During period as Head of School, revised all undergraduate programs and established the BSc (Nanotechnology) degree.
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)
1990 FIMMA, FIEAust