Professor Scully’s group is dedicated to studying all forms of corrosion and materials degradation for the defense, aerospace, energy, biological, nuclear, oil and gas industries. We are a cross-disciplinary team that combines electrochemistry, metallgury, and materials science to understand the fundemental of corrosion, and provides the means and suggestions to accurately measure corrosion properties. Our particular areas of interest include high entropy alloy development, hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, localized corrosion, passivity of materials, and molten salt electrochemistry. 

We are a group of passionate and friendly corrosion scientists, students, and engineers. If you are a prospective undergraduate student, summer intern, graduate student, or post-doctoral researcher, please feel free to contact Prof. Scully @

Principle Investigator

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr. Carol Glover

    Dr. Carol Glover

    Research Scientist

    Swansea University, Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (2007); Swansea University, Doctorate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (2014)

    Dr. Glover joined CESE as a PDRA in 2017 and is leading a number of industrial and government sponsored projects including PPG Industries, Axalta Coatings, ONR and DOD. She specializes in developing Cr-free coatings for the corrosion protection of metals used in transport applications where her research explores magnesium-rich primer coatings. In 2019 she received the Phil Parrish Fellowship award for outstanding research. Her technical expertise lie in scanning electrochemical techniques for the study of localized corrosion in both immersion and atmospheric conditions. She teaches the undergraduate class MSE 3080 “Corrosion, batteries and fuel cells” and in 2018 she was awarded the SEAS PDRA teaching fellowship.

  • Dr. Elena Romanovskaia

    Dr. Elena Romanovskaia

    Research Associate

    Belarusian State Technological University B.S. Environmental Engineering (2009); M.S. Inorganic Chemistry (2012) Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (IGIC NAS of Belarus); Doctorate of Physical Chemistry (2015)

    Dr. Romanovskaia joined Scully research group as PDRA in April 2021. From 2011, Elena was teaching at her home university. From 2016, she has been a visiting lecturer and guest researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Trento (Italy), Estonian University of Life Sciences. She is a co-founder of International Environmental Public Company “EcoFuture” and a member of International Association of Advanced Materials.

    In Scully’s group, Elena works under DOE Energy Frontiers Research Project (EFRC) focusing on investigating the oxide layer formation/dissolution kinetics and its electrochemical properties for the molten salts and RTILs. Additional work involves in-situ and ex-situ studies of the passivity of nickel base superalloys and MPEAs in aqueous solutions using in-situ and ex-situ methods. In her free time, Elena loves traveling, singing, learning languages watching and doing sport.

    Email:; Google Scholar

  • Dr. Valentin Romanovski

    Dr. Valentin Romanovski

    Research Scientist

    Belarusian State Technological University, B.S. Engineer-Chemist-Ecologist  (2004); Belarusian State Technological University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2008);

    Dr. Romanovski joined Scully research group as a research scientist in Feburary 2022. Dr. Romanovskaia was a senior lecturer (04-19) at the Belarusian State Technological University and an associate professor in chemical engineering (12-21) at the Belarusian National Technical University. In 2018, Dr. Romanovski was a leading expert in the Scientific and Research Center of Functional Nano-Ceramics, National University of Science and Technology MISIS (Moscow, Russia). He was also the senior researcher at Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. 

    His research expertise ranges from chemical engineeirng, enviromental engineering, materials engineering, to corrosion science and engineering. 

    Email:; Google Scholar

Graduate Students

  • Ho Lun Chan (Lun)

    Ho Lun Chan (Lun)

    Ph.D. Candidate

    B.S. (Salutatorian), Chemical and Materials Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 2020, Linkedin

    Lun is utilizing advanced electrochemical methods to investigate the corrosion mechanism and survivability of passivated & irradiated nuclear reactor alloys in all sorts of extreme environments, e.g. aqueous, ionic liquids, liquid metals, molten salts.

    Lun seeks to change the world through research and materials entrepreneurship and is currently serving as a Student Board of Trustee in ASM International. Lun enjoys cooking in his spare time. 


  • Debashish Sur (Dev)

    Debashish Sur (Dev)

    Ph.D. Candidate

    M.S, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 2020

    B.S (Hons.), Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, IIEST Shibpur, 2018

    Dev grew from Nagpur, a city in the heart of India. He comes from UF with a master's in Materials Engineering and a bachelor's in materials engineering from IIEST Shibpur. Being a metallurgist, he recently acquired an interest in corrosion research from his research at ORNL on studying the corrosion behavior of Al-Ce alloys in a heat exchanger environment. At the Scully group, while fusing both his passions for corrosion and alloy design, his research focuses on the effects of lattice SRO in MPEAs on passivation behavior and to develop new lightweight CRA’s. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in the hills of Virginia, capturing moments with his DSLR, and cooking stir-fried rice (undrained!).

  • Lauren Singer

    Lauren Singer

    Ph.D. Candidate

    Bucknell University / Mechanical Engineering

    Lauren graduated from Bucknell University in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physics. She performed research on the processing of electrospun polymeric nanofibers at NIST, which led to her interest in additive manufacturing. She is currently researching hydrogen interactions in additively manufactured stainless steels. Outside the lab, her interests include playing volleyball and listening to classic rock.


  • Alen Korjenic

    Alen Korjenic

    Ph.D. Candidate

    B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Idaho, 2018

    Alen was born and raised in Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho, Moscow studying materials science and engineering. Working with Dr. Raja the latter half of his undergraduate experience, Alen was able to publish two papers prior to graduate school on projects related to the stability of FTO glass and the corrosion resistance of the Fe-Cr alloy system. This undergraduate initiative to conduct research and ability to market himself landed Alen in the Scully group where he is now working on corrosion protection of 7xxx series Aluminum alloy via metal rich primers. In his free time, he enjoys chatting with friends, skiing, and leisure reading.``

  • Sam Inman

    Sam Inman

    Ph.D. Candidate

    B.S. Purdue University; Material Science and Engineering, 2019

    Sam is originally from Madison, WI and graduated with honors from Purdue University with a degree in MSE and chemistry minor while researching casting and zone refining optimization. He joined CESE in the fall of 2019 designing compositionally complex alloys with a focus on the passivation and marine corrosion through an ONR sponsored project. He hopes to future teaching in the academic field with an interest in electrochemical based manufacturing processes. He currently serves as the GSB service chair.

  • Angela Y. Gerard

    Angela Y. Gerard

    Ph.D. Candidate

    B.S. Chemistry, Radford University, 2016

    Angela is utilizing various AC and DC electrochemistry techniques and ex-situ and in-situ characterization techniques to understand the passivity of multiple principal element alloys (MPEAs) during aqueous oxidation. Particularly investigations are focused on understanding the nature of the oxide film, the fate of alloying elements, and how beneficial alloying elements like Cr affect MPEA passivity and how it compares to conventional alloys, like stainless steels.

  • Utibe-Eno Charles-Granville

    Utibe-Eno Charles-Granville

    Ph.D. Candidate

    M.S. Corrosion Control Engineering, University of Manchester, England

    B.S. Petroleum Engineering, University of Uyo, Nigeria

    Utibe is from Calabar, Nigeria. She obtained her BS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Uyo, Nigeria and an MS in Corrosion Control Engineering at the University of Manchester, England. During her MS program, she researched the anticorrosive properties of a novel corrosion inhibitor for the protection of mild steel. On completion of her master's degree, she worked for ExxonMobil as a Corrosion Engineer responsible for improving the integrity of production facilities. Her current research is on the inhibition of galvanic corrosion of aluminum alloy frames and stainless steel fasteners in simulated marine environments. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and watching reality shows on TV.

  • Charles Demarest

    Charles Demarest

    Ph.D. Candidate

    B.S. University of Virginia: Engineering Science, Material Science and Engineering concentration 2017

    Charles (Chuck) is originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, as a nuclear electrician on submarines. He served for a combined 10 years on the USS Honolulu (SSN – 718), The USS Seawolf (SSN – 21), and at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. After the Navy, he earned his B.S. from the University of Virginia, where he worked as an undergraduate research assistant working on passivity in Ni-Cr-Mo superalloys and the effects of hydrogen on Cobalt alloys. As a graduate student, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and works on the long-term storage of Kr-85 radioactive gas. Outside the lab his interests include books, watching basketball, and traveling.

Recent Past Students

  • Ph.D. Students Alumni

    1. S.W. Smith (1995) 
    2. D.G. Kolman (1996)
    3. S.T. Pride (1997)
    4. M.A. Gaudett (1997) 
    5. D. Enos (1997) 
    6. S. Y. Yu (1998) 
    7. G.A. Young, Jr (1999) 
    8. T. Lunt (2000)
    9. B.J. Connolly 92002) 
    10. Levent Organ (2003)
    11. Marta Jakab (2005)
    12. N. Budiansky (2006)
    13. Daryl Little (2006)
    14. Mike Hurley (2006) 
    15. Beth Kehler (2007)
    16. Sami Al-Ghamdi (2010)
    17. Ashley Lucente (2008)
    18. Hongbo Cong (2009)  
    19. Nicole Tailleart (2010)
    20. Derek Horton (2011)
    21. Tomohiro Aburada (2011)
    22. Swati Jain (2011) 
    23. Merrill Tayler (2014) 
    24. Andrew King (2014) 
    25. Samuel Madden (2014) 
    26. Arwen Wilson (2015) 
    27. Mary Lyn Lim (2015) 
    28. Rebecca Schaller (2016) 
    29. Balaji Kannan (2017) 
    30. Leslie Bland (2016)
    31. Veronica Rafla (2018)
    32. Matthew McMahon (2018) 
    33. Taylor Cain (2017)
    34. Mike Hutchinson (2018) 
    35. Michael Melia (2018) 
    36. Veronica Rafla (2018) 
    37. Raymond Santucci, Jr. (2019) 
    38. Katie Cwalina (2020) 
  • M.S. Students Advised

    1. G. Young, Jr
    2. M. Jurinski 
    3. M. Gaudett
    4. A. Williams. Jr.
    5. 5. H. Su, joint with W.C. Johnson
    6. B. Connolly
    7. J. Johnson
    8. J. Sweitzer
    9. B. Coe joint with J. Hudson
    10. C. Brodrick
    11. Beth Kehler
    12. Richard Thomas (M.S. degree, May 00) - Joint with R. Gangloff
    13. Daryl Little 
    14. M. Hurley
    15. N. Budiansky
    16. M. Switzer
    17. C. Wichman
    18.  Hakan Dogan
    19.  A.M. Lucente
    20.  M. Goldman
    21. 21. S. Anastasio
    22. J. Hoekstra  joint with Jim Fitzgerald
    23. Sami Al-Ghamdi (M.M.S.E. degree, June 06)* joint with Gangloff
    24. Joshua James (M.S. degree, Oct. 07)* A.B. Campbell Award Winner
    25. John Macha (M.S. Degree Dec. 2008)
    26. Andrew King (MME degree, Aug. 2010)
    27. Arwen Wilson (MME degree, Aug. 2010)
    28. Sam Madden (MME degree, Aug. 2010)
    29. Katie Fleming (MSE, Aug. 2011)
    30. R. Schaller (MMSE, Aug. 2013)
    31. Taylor Cain (MMSE, 2014)
    32. Leanna Foster (MSE, 2014)
    33. Leslie Bland (MMSE, 2014) joint with Jim Fitzgerald
    34. Mike Melia (MMSE, 2014) joint with Jim Fitzgerald
    35. Thad Waterman (MMSE 2015), joint with Burns
    36. Marlene Wartenberg
  • Visiting Research Scientists

    1. Dr. Peter Rhodes, retired Shell Development Corp., 1998 2. G. Ilevbare (Post-Doctoral Research Associate, October, 1999-2003) 3. D. Li (Post-Doctoral Research Associate, 02-03) 4. D. Ho (Ph.D. student, Univ. of Monash, Jan. 05) 5. F. Bocher (Research Associate, 08-10) 6. T. Muster (Research Associate, 07) CSIRO, visiting scientist 7. Dr. Syun Kim (Research Associate) POSCO Steel, visiting scientist 8. H. Ha (PDRA 2009-2010, Research Scientist 2011-2012) 9. J. Ai (Research Scientist 2011-2012) 10. Ivan Cole (Research associate), CSIRO, visiting scientist 2011 11. Walmar Baptista (visiting research associate), Petrobras, 2012 12. Prof. Nicholas Birbilis, Monash Univ., 2013, 2014 13. Dr. Ricardo Nolasco, Vallouric Tubos Do Brazil, 2014-2015

  • Undergraduate Researchers Advised in CESE Laboratory and/or Senior Thesis Advisor

    1. T. Hensley (Senior Thesis, May 1992) 2. T. Knight (Senior Thesis, May 1993) 3. J. Johnson (Senior Thesis, May 1995) 4. D. Dalhquist (Senior Thesis, May 1995) 5. K. Junkins (Senior Thesis, May 1995) 6. R. Palmer (Senior Thesis, May 1996)* 7. Andrew Inglis (1998) 8. M. Hurley (Senior Thesis, May 1999) 9. C. DeBernard (1999) 10. C. Quarmby (Senior Thesis, 2001) 11. D. Pfleger (Senior Thesis, 2000) 12. A. Lucente (Senior Thesis, 2002)* 13. J. Ferrer (Senior Thesis, 2004) 14. G. Biddick (Senior Thesis, 2005) 15. R. Amunfu (2004-2005) 16. J. Webb (2004-2005, Va. Tech) 17. K. Flynn (2004-2005, Ga. Tech) 18. L. Stohr (2006, UVA) 19. Grahame Burke (Senior Thesis, 2007-08) 20. Pablo Gallegos (Senior Thesis, 2007-08) 21. Hannah Bindig (Senior Thesis 2008-2011)* 22. Rebecca Verley (Senior Thesis 2010) 23. Walker McCarthy (2010-2011) 24. Alexandra Nyugen (2011-2012) 25. Samantha Hollman (2013, NSF REU) 26. Katherine Lutton (2013-2015)