Dr. James J. Noël







Corrosion Scientist

B.Sc. (Guelph, 1987)
M.Sc. (Guelph, 1990)
Ph.D. (Manitoba, 2000)





Career History:

Research Associate and Lecturer in the UWO Department of Chemistry with the Shoesmith Group since 1998 and the Wren Group since 2004. Previously a Research Officer at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (1991-1998) studying titanium corrosion and hydrogen absorption in support of the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program, in which Ti was considered a candidate material for nuclear fuel waste container fabrication. Also a Chemist with Ontario Hydro (1989-1991) working on development of corrosion inhibitors to be used during chemical decontamination of the primary side coolant circuits of CANDU nuclear reactors.

Teaching experience includes: several undergraduate courses in general chemistry, geochemistry, quantitative chemical analysis Brandon University), instrumental analysis and industrial chemistry; graduate level courses on electrochemistry and corrosion; supervision of fourth-year student research projects at UWO and several summer projects for the Deep River Science Academy; and a short-course on fundamentals of electrochemistry for The Electrochemical Society Inc.

Research Interests:

Applications of electrochemical methods, such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), local impedance (LEIS), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), photoelectrochemistry, rotating ring-disk electrodes, coupled-electrode electrochemical noise measurements, and classical electrochemical techniques, to materials science problems. The underlying chemical reasons for the validity of empirically developed corrosion protection guidelines for industrial service environments for metallic structures. Differences in the passive oxide films formed on different alloys that are related to the different corrosion susceptibilities of these materials. Developing new equipment and improved techniques for in situ electrochemistry/neutron reflectometry and application of the technique in studies of corrosion, passivity, and hydrogen absorption. Cold neutron depth profiling as a probe of oxide films on metals.  Corrosion rate and damage function measurements and development of predictive models.

Publications: (click here for details)

Author of 2 theses,  and co-author of 2 book chapters, 40 refereed journal articles, 15 conference proceedings papers, and 6 proprietary and 6 publicly available company reports.


Member of the Canadian Institute of Neutron Scattering, the International Society of Electrochemistry, and The Electrochemical Society.
Currently: UWO Reperesentative on the CINS Board of Trustees.  Member of NACE Uhlig Award Committee.

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