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Robert G. Kelly

AT&T Professor of Engineering,
Co-Director of Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1989
M.S. Johns Hopkins University, 1986
B.S. Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 1984
B.S. Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science & Engineering, 1984

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall 328
p: 434-982-5783
f: 434-982-5799

Website: Kelly Research Group

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Research Interests

Prof. Kelly's present work includes studies of the electrochemical and chemical conditions inside localized corrosion sites in various alloy systems, corrosion in aging aircraft, atomistic and continuum modeling of electrochemical processes, development of embeddable corrosion microinstruments, as well as the use of microfabrication methods to probe the fundamentals of localized corrosion.

Professonal Experience and Memberships

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

AT&T Professor of Engineering, 2013 - present,
Professor, 2004 - 2013
Associate Professor, 1997- 2004
Assistant Professor, September, 1994 - 1997
Institutional Research Assistant Professor, July, 1992 - September, 1994
Research Assistant Professor, July, 1990 - July, 1992

Visiting Research Fellow
Corrosion and Protection Centre, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, Manchester, United Kingdom
September, 1988 - July, 1990

Honors and Awards

2004 All-University Teaching Award

2000 UVa MSE Undergraduate Teaching Award

1999 H. H. Uhlig Award (NACE International) – young educator award

1997 A. B. Campbell Award (NACE International) – best paper by young author (< 35 y)

Fulbright Scholarship 1988 89 Academic Year

Selected Publications

H. Wang, F. Preseul, R. G. Kelly, “Computational Modeling of Inhibitor Release and Transport from Multifunctional Organic Coatings,” Electrochimica Acta, Vol 49/2, pp. 239-255.

O. Schneider, R. G. Kelly, “Localized Coating Failure of Epoxy-Coated AA2024-T3 in 0.5 M NaCl Solutions: Comparison of Conventional Electrochemical Techniques and Microelectrochemical Methods,” Corr. Eng. S&T, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 119-128 (2003).

K.S. Ferrer, R.G. Kelly, “Development of an Aircraft Lap Joint Simulant Environment.” Corrosion, 58(5): 452-459, 2002.

R. G. Kelly, J. Yuan, C. M. Weyant, K. S. Lewis, “Capillary Electrophoresis Applications in Corrosion Science and Engineering,” J. Chrom. A, Vol. 834, (1999) 433-444.

C. S. Brossia, R. G. Kelly, “Occluded Chemistry Control and the Effects of Alloy Sulfur in the Initiation of Crevice Corrosion of Austenitic Stainless Steel,” Corrosion Science, v. 40, pp. 1851-1871 (1998).

G. Salamat, G. A. Juhl, R. G. Kelly, "The Mechanism of Dissimilar Metal Crevice Corrosion in Superferritic Stainless Steel," Corrosion, 51, pp. 826-836 (1995).

C. S. Brossia, E. Gileadi, R. G. Kelly, "The Electrochemistry on Iron in Methanolic Solutions and Its Relation to Corrosion," Corrosion Science, 37, pp. 1455-1471 (1995).

P. D. Bastek, R. C. Newman, R. G. Kelly, "Experimental Determination of the Effects of the Surrounding Passive Film on Scratched Electrode Behavior," J. Electrochemical Soc., 140, pp. 1884-1889 (1993).