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Bobby Kannan Mathan

Bobby Kannan Mathan

James Cook University


Bobby Mathan received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2005. His PhD dissertation was on developing a phenomenological model for the environment-assisted cracking mechanism in high strength aluminium alloys used in aircraft structures. He won the Best PhD Thesis Award from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), India Section. After completing his PhD, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Helmholtz Research Centre in Germany. His research focus was on understanding the localized corrosion behaviour of advanced magnesium alloys. In November 2006 he joined Monash University as a post-doctoral fellow, where he worked on magnesium-based biodegradable biomaterials. In February 2009 he joined JCU as a Lecturer of Chemical Engineering. He is currently the Head of Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Bobby is the group leader of the Biomaterials and Engineering Materials (BEM) laboratory at JCU. His current research interests include electrochemical engineering, biomaterials, corrosion, wastewater treatment, environment-assisted cracking, polymer coatings and failure analysis of engineering materials. He has written four book chapters and published over 50 papers in journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.


Biomaterials; Biodegradable Biomaterials; Nanobio Coatings; Electrochemical Corrosion; Stress Corrosion Cracking; Hydrogen Embrittlement; Polymer Coatings; Failure Analysis; Water Treatment.