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WA Branch Meeting

Topic: “Understanding and addressing microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC)”


When: Monday 8th October, 2018

Time: Finger food and drinks starts at 6.00pm, presentation and tour at 6.30PM

Where: North Metropolitan TAFE 140 Royal St (cnr Fielder St), East Perth. Block B, Level 2, Room B202 (NE end).

Cost: MA Members with Food/Drink $20, Non-Members with Food/Drink $25, Presentation Only FREE

RSVP: Noon, Friday 5th October 2018

Booking: Book Here

Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) results from accelerated deterioration driven by microorganisms. It involves the complex interaction of electrochemical, environmental, operational, and biological factors that often result in substantial increases in corrosion rates to metals. Although MIC is a phenomenon that has always occurred in the industry, it is still poorly understood and recognized. The advances in experimental methods and the development of high performance bioinformatic tools have substantially improved our understanding of microbial communities associated with oilfield systems and corrosion.

This presentation will provide a summary of the latest technical and scientific advances in the field, including an overview of the underlying principles, interactions and mechanisms of MIC.

Dr Laura Machuca Suarez is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Curtin Corrosion Centre, Curtin University). Dr Machuca is an environmental microbiologist and a corrosion specialist whose research and teaching activities focus on the interaction of microbes with metals, particularly the field of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). Laura has developed instrumental research collaborations with industry groups including Woodside Energy Ltd, Santos, Inpex and Chevron, and has established a MIC research team including 6 PhD students and 2 research assistants working on industry corrosion problems and fundamental research on MIC.

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