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Philippe Marcus


Research Director

Academic degrees

Dr. Philippe Marcus is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Director of the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France.

Dr Marcus received his Ph. D. (1979) in Physical Sciences from University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Research fields

His field of research is surface chemistry, surface electrochemistry, and corrosion science, with emphasis on the understanding of the structure and properties of metal and alloy surfaces.

His research interests include the growth mechanisms and structure of oxide layers on metals and alloys in gaseous and aqueous environments, adsorption of inorganic, organic and biomolecules, the mechanisms of corrosion of metals and alloys at the nanoscale, passivity, passivity breakdown and localized corrosion, high temperature oxidation, and the applications of advanced surface analytical methods such as X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Time of Flight Secondary Ions Mass Spectrometry.

Honour and awards

Dr. Marcus has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2005 Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2008 Whitney Award from NACE International and the Cavallaro Medal of the European Federation of Corrosion in 2008. He is an elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (2005) and of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2009).


Dr. Marcus is currently President of the European Federation of Corrosion, Chairman of the EFC Working Party on Surface Science and Mechanisms of Corrosion and Protection, Chairman of the International Steering Committee for the European Conferences on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, Chaiman of the Scientific and Technical Committee of CEFRACOR (Centre Français de l’Anticorrosion). He is the former Chairman of the Electrochemical Materials Science Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Dr Marcus has organised or co-organised several international conferences and symposia. Recently he was the Chairman of ECASIA (the European Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, Avignon (F), 2001), EUROCORR (the European Corrosion Conference, Nice (F), 2004) and Passivity-9 (the 9th International Conference on the Passivation of Metals and Semiconductors and the Properties of Thin Oxide Layers, Paris (F), 2005). In 2006 he was the Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Aqueous Corrosion (New London, NH, USA). In 2009, he was the Chair of EUROCORR (the European Corrosion Conference).


Dr. Marcus has published over 300 papers in scientific journals, books and conference proceedings in the areas of corrosion science, surface chemistry and electrochemistry, surface analysis and materials science, plus two books “Corrosion Mechanisms in Theory and Practice” and “Analytical Methods in Corrosion Science and Engineering”. He has given over 80 invited lectures at International Conferences. He serves on the editorial board of five major journals in Electrochemistry and Corrosion : Electrochimica Acta, Corrosion Science, Materials and Corrosion, Corrosion Engineering, Science, and Technology, and Corrosion Reviews.

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