Prof Robert Akid

Head of Structural Materials & Integrity Research

Materials & Engineering Research Institute

Sheffield Hallam University
Howard St
S1 1WB
United Kingdom
PH: +44 (114) 2254062
Fax: +44 (114) 2253501
Email: [email protected]


Having an original background in Metallurgy Prof Akid graduated with an honours degree in Chemistry from Birkbeck College, London and a PhD in environment-sensitive fracture at Sheffield University. Working as an Assistant Director of Research in the Structural Integrity Research Institute of the University of Sheffield, he began an intensive investigation on the role of environment and loading variables on the fatigue resistance of materials. Prof Akid was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering working closely with CORUS (formerly British Steel) investigating the fatigue and corrosion fatigue performance of offshore structural steels.

During this time he founded the Centre for Corrosion Technology, a centre working with local, regional and national industries investigating varied aspects of corrosion damage. In 1999 he moved to Sheffield Hallam where he works closely with staff of both the Materials Engineering Research Institute and the Biomedical Research Centre. Currently he is the co-ordinator of the EPSRC, UK-based, network on Electrochemical Scanning Probe Techniques.

Major Qualifications

BSc (1st Class Hons), London; PhD, Sheffield

Major Publications

  1. R. Akid, H.M. Wang, T.J. Smith, D. Greenfield, & J.C. Earthman, " Biological functionalization
    of a sol–gel coating for the mitigation of microbial-induced corrosion", Adv. Funct. Mater. (2008), 18, 203–211.
  2. H.M. Wang & R. Akid,
    "Encapsulated cerium nitrate inhibitors to provide high-performance anti- corrosion sol-gel coatings on mild steel", Corr. Sci. (2008), 50 (4), 1142-1148.
  3. H Krawiec, V Vignal & R Akid,.
    Numerical modelling of the electrochemical behaviour of 316 stainless steel based upon static and dynamic experimental micro-capillary based techniques: effect of electrolyte flow and capillary size. Submitted to Electrochim Acta (2007).
  4. H. M. Wang & R. Akid
    "A room temperature cured sol-gel anticorrosion pre-treatment for Al 2024-T3 alloys", Corr. Sci. (2007), 49 (12), 4491-4503.
  5. D. Larroumet, D. Greenfield, R. Akid & J. Yarwood,.
    Raman spectroscopic studies of the corrosion of model iron electrodes in sodium chloride solution. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. 38, 1577-1585, (2007)

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