Kurt Schwabe Prize is awarded every three years by the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) to a young scientist under 35 years of age in recognition of his or her scientific and technical contribution to the field of corrosion and protection of materials, and it is renowned as one of the most prestigious awards in the world.
The award was presented to the laureate at the opening ceremony of EUROCORR 2015, the biggest annual Corrosion conference in Europe, that this year took place in Graz, Austria, from 6 to 10 September.
Dr. Mohedano had the honor to give an invited talk entitled “Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation of light alloys for corrosion protection and surface functionalization”, which aroused great interest in an audience of about one thousand experts in the field. The prize was presented to Dr. Mohedano by Prof. Tamas Török on behalf of EFC.
Marta Mohedano (Fuente Obejuna, 1983) graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2006 and obtained a PhD in Materials Science and Technology at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) in 2011. She carried out her PhD studies in the group of Characterization, Corrosion and Degradation of Materials of Technological Interest led by Prof. A. Pardo. Her thesis was awarded the maximum mark “cum laude” and the “Extraordinary doctorate award 2011” of the Chemistry Faculty of the UCM. During her doctorate period, she acquired a solid background in various corrosion tests under different simulated environments, in particular in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique, and the development of different coatings on Mg alloys. She continued at the UCM as a post-doctoral researcher in the same research group until December 2013, when she won the recognized Humboldt Fellowship for Post-doctoral researchers. Since then, she has been a Humboldt Fellow in the Corrosion and Surface Technology Group, Magnesium Innovation Center, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany), HZG. In the last three years Dr. Mohedano has diversified her research interests by focusing on development of original surface treatments for light alloys (Al, Mg and Ti) using a pioneering PEO process technology and on the study of their corrosion and tribological properties. She has contributed to 35 publications and her work has been presented at 25 conferences. She has showed an intense activity regarding the development of research programs and international collaboration projects and she has participated in more than 200 h of university lectures and training and supervision of postgraduate and PhD students at the UCM (Spain) and at HZG (Germany).