Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
IITB Director Professor Devang Khakhar and Professor Friso De Boer
IITB Director Professor Devang Khakhar and Professor Friso De Boer

International partnership on corrosion research

By Leanne Miles

A collaboration with a premier technical institute in Mumbai, India will bolster corrosion research at Charles Darwin University’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.

The agreement between CDU and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) will enhance collaboration in research and teaching.

The MOU, facilitated by Girish Iyer from the CDU International Office and Chintan Bharwada from the Austrade India team, was signed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and IITB Director Professor Devang Khakhar.

Engineering and Information Technology head of school Professor Friso De Boer said IITB was a premier technical institute created by a special Act of the Indian Parliament.

“IITs are ranked very highly and many of their alumni are well known in their fields,” he said.

Professor De Boer said the MOU would enhance joint research, staff and student exchanges and the international reputation of both institutions.

“There will be mutual benefits to Australian and Indian economies with student exposure to world class research.”

CDU Associate Professor in Engineering Krishnan Kannoorpatti said that IITB had excellent facilities and a skilled faculty in the area of corrosion research.

“We will be working collaboratively with them on the corrosion research regarding hard facing alloys, with a view to develop better alloys,” Dr Kannoorpatti said.

“This is of great significance to the Northern Territory because the research relates to materials used in mining, mineral processing and oil and gas industries.”

Dr Kannoorpatti and Masters by research student Varmaa Marimuthu will work with staff at IITB to conduct high temperature corrosion test simulating conditions in alumina processing industry later this year.