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Frankel, Gerald


Gerald S. Frankel is Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University. He has been a member of the faculty at Ohio State since 1995.

Prior to joining Ohio State in 1995, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, then a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.


  • Sc.B. degree in Materials Science Engineering from Brown University (1978)
  • Sc.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1985)


Honors, awards, appointments


Primary research interests

  • passivation and localized corrosion of metals and alloys
  • corrosion inhibition
  • protective coatings
  • atmospheric corrosion

"Regardless of whether you are for or against nuclear power, and no matter what you think of nuclear weapons, the radioactive waste is already here, and we have to deal with it."

- Gerald S. Frankel in Chemical & Engineering News, March 30, 2020

Dr. Frankel was ranked in the top 2% of scientists worldwide by Elsevier in 2021.

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View a CorroZoom webinar by Prof. Frankel on his new Framework for Pitting Corrosion Based on Pit Growth Stability (recorded 9 April 2021)

Previous CorroZoom webinars can be accessed by selecting previous webinars.

Select articles in the press


"It is important to understand how such fissures propagate. Stresses on an aircraft can cause fissures to turn into large cracks that could lead to disaster if they are not repaired in time. So knowing how fissure propagation depends on the material microstructure could one day allow a prediction of when preventive maintenance is needed."

- Gerald Frankel ("Brick Wall Helps Explain How Corrosion Spreads Through Alloy", 2004)