B.S. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1980M.S. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1982Ph.D. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1987

"My research is about the scientific mechanisms of corrosion, a problem which costs lives and destroys billions of dollars of infrastructure per year."

John R. Scully, Interim Department Chair

My primary research interest is to understand the relationships between a material's structure and composition and properties related to environmental degradation. The properties of focused interest and activity are those associated with hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, localized corrosion, and passivity of materials. My historical current focus is on advanced aluminum, magnesium, titanium, ferrous and nickel-based alloys, as well as stainless steels and aluminum-based intermetallic compounds.


  • Closing Lecturer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Discussions 2015
  • U.R. Evans Award, U.K. Institute of Corrosion 2013
  • Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Materials Research (IMR), Chinese National Academy of Science 2012
  • W.R. Whitney Award (from NACE) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science and engineering Awarded 2012
  • H.H. Uhlig Award (from ECS) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science from the Electrochemical Society 2009
  • Fellow of the Society: American Society for Metals (ASM) 2007
  • Francis LaQue Award, For outstanding contributions in the Science of Corrosion (ASTM) 2005
  • Fellow of the Society: The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – International 2005
  • Fellow of the Society: National Association of Engineers 2002
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society - Elected 1980; UVA faculty advisor to Virginia Alpha Chapter At the Univeristy of Virginia: 2000-2004
  • Member of Defense Science Board Task Force on Corrosion Control 2004-2004
  • Chair and organizer of the 2004 Gordon Conference on Aqueous Corrosion 2004
  • Technical Consultant to the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board 2003
  • H. H. Uhlig Award of National Association of Engineers (NACE) 1997
  • David A. Harrison, Jr. Faculty Recognition Award (Univ. Of Virginia) - recognizes outstanding faculty dedication to teaching, teaching through research, and service to the University community.
  • William H. Blum Award of the National Capitol Section of the Electrochemical Society - For original contributions to the science and/or technology of corrosion and/or electrochemical sciences 1995
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1993-98 Oak Ridge Junior Faculty Enhancement Award - Engineering; for Stress Corrosion Cracking Research, 1992.
  • A.B. Campbell Award, NACE; Best Science or Engineering Paper in a National Association of Corrosion Engineers Journal by an author under 35 years of age, 1985.

Research Interests

  • Corrosion and Electrochemical Sciences and Engineering
  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • Magnetic Materials
  • Metallurgy
  • High Temperature Materials Science and Oxides
  • Computation Materials Science
  • Structures and Mechanics (Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications

Selected Publications

  • "Scribe Creep and Underpaint Corrosion on Ultra High Molecular Weight Epoxy Resin Coated 1018 Steel (UNS G10180) Part I: Comparison of Scribe Creep in Lab and Field Tests,” CORROSION, 71(1), pp. 71-91 (2015). (2014) ABS M.L. Tayler, M Blanton, C Konecki, J Rawlins, JR Scully
  • “Assessing the Corrosion of Commercially Pure Magnesium and Commercial AZ31B by Electrochemical Impedance, Mass-loss, Hydrogen Collection and ICP-OES Solution Analysis,” CORROSION. (2014) L.G. Bland, A.D. King, N. Birbilis, and J.R. Scully
  • A Compilation of Corrosion Potentials for Mg alloys and Phases, CORROSION, 70(10), pp. 1043-1051, (2014) T. Cain, L. Bland, N. Birbilis, J.R. Scully
  • "Evidence for enhanced catalytic activity of magnesium arising from anodic dissolution,” Electrochem. Acta, accepted, 132, pp. 2777-283, (2014) ABS N. Birbilis, A.D. King, S. Thomas, G.S. Frankel, J.R .Scully
  • "Inhibition of AA2024-T351 Corrosion Using Permanganate." Journal of The Electrochemical Society 161(3) (2014): C162-C175. Impact Factor of Journal of the Electrochemical Society: 2.588 Madden, S.B., and J.R. Scully.
  • “Crystallographic Controlled Dissolution and Surface Faceting in Disordered FCC Fe50Pd50” Materials Research Society Communications – Research Letters, 4(3), pp. 113-119, doi:10.1557/mrc.2014.23, September (2014) D. J. Horton and J. R. Scully
  • “Effects of Aluminum Solids on the Under Deposit Corrosion of Copper in Synthetic Potable Water: the Arguments for and Against a Semi-permeable Membrane,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 160(9), C1-C11, (2013). H. Cong and J. R. Scully
  • “Intergranular Corrosion Penetration in AA 5083 as a Function of Electrochemical and Metallurgical Conditions, Corrosion, 69(1) doi:, pp. 35-47, (2013). ABS M.L. Lim, S. Jain, R.G. Kelly, J.R. Scully
  • “Hydrogen Diffusion and Trapping in a precipitation hardened nickel-copper-aluminum alloy Monel K-500 (UNS N05500)” Acta Metallurgica, 61, pp. 3186-3199,, (2013). ABS J. Ai, H. Ha, R.P. Gangloff and J.R. Scully
  • “Opportunities and Challenges in Corrosion Education: Review of a National Research Council Assessment,” The Electrochemical Society Interface, pp. 55-59. Spring (2012). J.R. Scully, W.L. Harris
  • “Corrosion of AA 6061 Brazed with an Al-Si Filler: Effects of Si on Metallurgy and Corrosion, CORROSION, 68(12), pp. 1126-1145, (2012). K.M. Fleming, A. Zhu, J.R. Scully
  • “Effect of Thermally-Induced Relaxation on Passivity and Corrosion of an Amorphous Al-Co-Ce alloy”, Corrosion Science, 59, pp. 238-248, (2012). ABS N.R. Tailleart, R. Huang, T. Aburada, D.J. Horton, and J.R. Scully
  • “Surface Spreading of Intergranular Corrosion on AA 5083,” Corrosion Science, corsci.2012.02.018, (59), pp. 136-147, (2012). ABS 145. S. Jain, M.C. Lim, J.L. Hudson, J.R. Scully
  • "The Effect of the Amorphous and Crystalline States on Preferential Corrosion of Hf from a Cu75Hf20Dy05 Alloy", Metall. and Mater. Trans. A. August 2012, 43, Issue 8, pp 2706-2720. ABS D. Horton, J.R. Scully
  • “Effect of Minor Alloying Element (Ni) on Local Corrosion Behavior (Pitting and Dealloying) of Solute Rich Al-Cu-Mg Metallic Glasses”, J. of the Electrochem. Soc., 158(9), pp. C253-C265, (2011). T. Aburada, J.M. Fitz-Gerald, and J.R. Scully
  • “Synthesis of Nanoporous Copper by Dealloying of Al-Cu-Mg- Amorphous Alloys: Mediation by Minor Nickel Additions Corrosion Science, 53(5), pp. 1627-1632 (2011). T. Aburada, J.M. Fitz-Gerald, and J. R. Scully