A/Prof Daniel Blackwood has more than 30 years of experience in corrosion and electrochemistry research and development. His current research focus areas include localised pitting corrosion, corrosion modelling and microbial-influenced corrosion. He is currently Associate Professor and Deputy Head for Education in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, National University of Singapore, where he has been since 1996.
A/Prof Blackwood obtained his PhD degree in Electrochemistry under Prof Laurie Peter at University of Southampton in 1986. He was a postdoc at University of Utah where he worked on developing FTIR techniques for exploring the electrochemical interface. In 1989, he received an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to work at Bundeswehr University Munich on conducting polymer vapour sensors. In 1990, he joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell Laboratories as a project manager in the aqueous corrosion section, where he worked on a number of industrial projects for both government agencies and commercial companies.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the International Society of Electrochemist. He was also Chairman of the Corrosion Association Singapore from 2000 to 2009.
Provided consultancy to a shipping company that was having issues with the shell plate of one of their bulk container vessels. A/Prof Blackwood identified the problem as being caused by a form of corrosion known as hydrogen blistering and suggested ways to resolve the issue.
- Materials - Test & Verification/Clinical Trials, Certification/Regulatory Compliance
As part of a collaboration project with a chemical MNC, A/Prof Blackwood worked on the prevention of corrosion and biofouling of heat exchangers on Jurong Island. This is a particular concern in Singapore, where the lack of fresh water means that heat exchangers need to run with corrosive seawater. Recommendations were made on materials selection and operating conditions.
- Materials - Product Design & Development