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Elzbieta Sikora

Assistant Teaching Professor


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics

403A Earth and Engineering Sciences Building


Research Areas:

Advanced Materials and Devices, Emerging Manufacturing Processes for Materials, Tissues, and Devices, Energy Infrastructure, Storage and Devices, Structural and Human Health Monitoring

Interest Areas:

Corrosion, lightweight metals, coatings, corrosion in gas and oil environments, biomaterials.




  • Ph D, electrochemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1991


Book, Chapters

  • B. A. Shaw and Elzbieta Sikora, 2013, Crystalline Alloys: Magnesium, CRC Press, pp. 21-67

Journal Articles

  • Elzbieta Sikora, 2012, "A Quest for the Holy Grail of Bioimplants - A Review of Recent Developments in Biodegradable Metals for Medical Applications", Recent Patents on Corrosion Science, (2), pp. 81-97
  • D. Schmidt, B. Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora and W. Shaw, 2006, "Corrosion Protection Assessment of Barier Properties of Several Zinc-Containing Coating System on Steel in Artificial Seawater", Corrosion, 62, (4), pp. 323-340
  • D. P. Schmidt, B. A. Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, W. W. Shaw and L. Laliberte, 2006, "Corrosion Protection Assessment of Sacrificial Coating Systems as a Function of Exposure Time in a Marine Environment", Progress in Organic Coatings, 57, pp. 352-364
  • A. Shi, B. A. Shaw and Elzbieta Sikora, 2005, "The Role of Grain Boundary Regions in the Localized Corrosion of a Cu-free 6111-like Alloy", Corrosion, 61, pp. 534-537
  • Elzbieta Sikora, Mathiew Kuentzler, Jesse Galvan, Daniel Cordova and Barbara Shaw, , "An Accurate, Durable, and Flexible Coating Health Sensor", Naval Engineers Journal
  • Michael Nunez, Elzbieta Sikora, Robert Gresh, Thomas Baylis, Hanqui Xu, Esteban Brown and Barbara Shaw, , "CORROSION AND STRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION OF PHYSICALLY VAPOR DEPOSITED MAGNESIUM ALLOYS", Naval Engineers Journal

Conference Proceedings

  • Nasser al Jassem, and Elzbieta Sikora, , "Effect of chloride concentration and temperature on corrosion and wear resistance of polymer coating for protection of internal surfaces of gas pipelines"

Research Projects

  • February 2018 - January 2021, "Low-cost, conformal applique for evaluating paint degradation and substrate corrosion in hard-to-access spaces," (Sponsor: US Departmen).
  • September 2014 - September 2017, "Corrosion Protection for Magnesium Alloys-Development of Novel Environmentally Compliant, Magnesium Coating System with Tailored Properties," (Sponsor: U.S. Depatment of the Defense -Air Force).
  • September 2014 - September 2015, "Naval Engineering Education Center: Thin-Films: Sensors, Electrodes and Batteries," (Sponsor: University of Michigan).
  • January 2013 - December 2015, "Development of New Multifunctional Coatings for Protection against Erosion and Corrosion in Qatar Oil and Gas Production," (Sponsor: Texas A&M University at Qatar).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Reviewer, Reviewer for CERS 2017, March 2017 - March 2017
  • Reviewer, Reviewer for CERS 2016, March 2016 - March 2016
  • Volunteer, November 2016
  • Volunteer, December 2017
  • Member, Safety Committee, January 2014
  • Member, Safety Committee, January 2014

Service to External Organizations:




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