The Brian Cherry Awards Forum is open to postgraduate and final year undergraduate research students studying at an Australasian University. The award honours the late Professor Brian Cherry of Monash University for his significant contribution to corrosion education, consulting and the Australasian Corrosion Association Inc. Applicants can be studying any aspect of corrosion, including but not limited to metallic and non-metallic corrosion, corrosion management, corrosion mitigation, and corrosion protection. Taking part in the Forum provides students with the opportunity to present their corrosion related research work as well as showcase their talent to their peers and the Australasian Corrosion Industry.


After the initial review of the submitted applications, the following students were selected to represent their universities at the 3 Minute Thesis Event:

Larissa Franziska Kopf (The University of Waikato) – Thermography inspection for undercoating corrosion

Ben Burton (Australian National University) – RustSEG: Automated Corrosion Segmentation Using Deep Learning

Hongshou Huang (University of South Australia)- Study on the Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Resistance of Thermal-Sprayed Cu-bearing Stainless Steel Coating

Maria Sofia Hazarabedian (Curtin University) – Optimization of the Double-Loop Electrochemical Potentiokinetic Reactivation Test for Precipitation Hardened Nickel Alloy

Andre Hatem (University of South Australia) – Assessing the corrosion performance of additively manufactured AISI 431, AISI 316l and SAF 2507 stainless steels obtained by laser metal deposition.

Mahdi Ghorbani Mousaabadi (Deakin University)- Microbiologically influenced corrosion: discovering inhibitors and their mechanisms


Students who qualify for the Presentation Forum will all have the chance to win a cash prize.

This year’s prizes are:
1st place – $1,000 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
2nd place – $500 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
3rd place – $250 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
4th place – $100 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021


The The Australasian Corrosion Association Inc. website is not compatible with Internet Explorer. Please use a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari for the best experience.