Jason Hodges, BlueScope’s Surface Treatment Project Manager and Program C Industry Leader, brought together teams from UOW, Monash and BlueScope on 8-9 June 2017 to engage in and share research updates on surface treatments of metallic coatings.

A detailed plant tour on the first day was followed by opening presentations and discussions (and dinner!); the second day saw PhD candidate Thomas Jurak present a review of his research, followed by discussions on electrochemical analysis techniques and a hackathon-style session on new coating solutions. The event was a great opportunity to explore and strengthen collaborations with Nick Birbilis and his team at Monash, and share the new work being carried out by CI Yue Zhao and his team at UOW.

The two-day event was the start of a stronger collaboration between the three organisations.