Professor Mike YJ Tan has studied and worked consistently in the fields of applied electrochemistry and corrosion technologies over the past 25 years since he obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering with specialisation in corrosion and prevention. He started his career as an Engineer in China, and continued by working as a Research Fellow, Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor in Singapore and Australia. His career spanned the range from teaching, research to industry engagement. Currently he is a Professor of Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Technologies in the Institute for Frontier Materials and School of Engineering at Deakin University, and is Energy Pipeline Cooperative Research Centre (Energy Pipelines CRC) Program 2 Leader.
Prof. Tan’s principal teaching and research interests are in corrosion science and engineering and their applications for enhancing the reliability and durability of civil and industrial infrastructures, in particular oil and gas pipeline systems. Mike started working on oil and gas pipeline corrosion and inhibition in 1993 when he was awarded an Australian Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship to study for a PhD at Curtin University in Western Australia. Currently Mike’s major research activities at Deakin University include leading the EPCRC corrosion and coating research projects and the management of a National Centre of Excellence in Desalination project on smart material for corrosion management. Mike has also coordinated and taught undergraduate courses including ‘Corrosion Engineering’, 'Applied Chemistry', ‘Materials Selection and Performance’, and also postgraduate courses including ‘Corrosion Chemistry’ and ‘Flowline Corrosion’.
Mike contributed to electrochemical methods for corrosion testing, monitoring and prediction, corrosion inhibitor and anti-corrosion coating research. He is the author or co-author of some 150 publications. Mike’s most significant contribution to his chosen field is probably his research on electrochemical heterogeneity and methods for measuring localised corrosion. He was first attracted to the issue of electrochemical heterogeneity in 1988 when he was mystified by difficulties in repeating his electrochemical impedance spectra of coated electrodes. Over the past two decades he has continued thinking and research on this issue, leading to the development and application of an electrochemically integrated multielectrode array namely the wire beam electrode. More details on this method can be found from Mike’s research book entitled 'Heterogeneous Electrode Processes and Localized Corrosion' (2012 John Wiley & Sons).