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Barbara Shaw

Professor Emeritus


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics

403C Earth and Engineering Sciences Building


Personal or Departmental Website

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, environmental degradation of engineering alloys and sprayed metal coatings.





Journal Articles

  • Dailin Wang, Sikora Elizabeth, Barbara S andaw, , 2018, "A Comparison of the Corrosion Response of Zinc-Rich Coatings with and Without Presence of Carbon Nanotubes Under Erosion and Corrosion Conditions", 74, (11), pp. 1203-1213
  • Dailin Wang, Dailin Wang and Barbara Shaw, 2018, "A study of the effects of filler particles on the degradation mechanisms of powder epoxy novolac coating systems under corrosion and erosion", pp. 97-104
  • Anthony J. Naccarelli, Robert W. Gresh, Michael Nunez, Barbara A. Shaw, Elizabeth Sikora, Hanqi Xu, Thomas Bayliss and Esteban Brown, 2014, "Corrosion and Structural Characterization of Physically Vapor Deposited Magnesium Alloys", Naval Engineer's Journal
  • Brian S. DeForce and Barbara Shaw, 2013, "Crevice Corrosion of Type 444 Stainless Steel in a Mildly Acidic Chloride solution-Detection of an Anodic Preak Prior to the Onset of Corrosion", Corrosion, pp. 614-623
  • Barbara Shaw, Elizabeth Sikora and Sana Virtannen, 2008, "Heal and Disappear -A New Approach to Using Metals in the Human Body", Interface, 17, (2), pp. 43-47
  • R. C. Wolfe and Barbara Shaw, 2007, "The effect of thermal treatment on the corrosion properties of vapor deposited magnesium alloyed with yttrium, aluminum, titanium, and misch metal", Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 1
  • D. P. Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, E. Sikora, W. W. Shaw and L. H. Laliberte, 2007, "Comparison of Testing Techniques Used to Anayze the Corrosion Resistance of Sacrificial Coating Systems", Corrosion, 63, pp. 958-974
  • D. P. Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, E. Sikora and W. W. Shaw, 2006, "Corrosion Protection Assessment of Sacrificial Coating Systems on Steel in Artificial Seawater", Corrosion, 62, pp. 323-339
  • R. C. Wolfe, H. W. Pickering and Barbara Shaw, 2006, "Microprobe Study of pH During the Induction Period Preceding Crevice Corrosion", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 153, pp. B25-B32
  • Barbara Shaw and R. G. Kelly, 2006, "What is Corrosion?", Interface, 15, pp. 24-26
  • D. P. Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, E. Sikora, W. W. Shaw and L. H. Laliberte, 2006, "Corrosion protection assessment of sacrificial coatings systems as a function of exposure time in a marine environment", Progress in Organic Coatings, 57, pp. 352-364
  • A. Shi, Barbara Shaw and E. Sikora, 2005, "The Role of Grain Boundary Regions in the Localized Corrosion of a Copper-Free 6111-Like Aluminum Alloy", Corrosion, pp. 534-547
  • Ryan C. Wolfe, Konrad G. Weil, Barbara Shaw and Howard W. Pickering, 2005, "Measurement of pH Gradients in the Crevice Corrosion of Iron Using a Palladium Hydride Microelectrode", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152, (2), pp. B82-B88
  • Daniel Cook, Matt Kuentzler, Faye Kim, Jesse Galvan, Daniel Cardoba and Barbara A Shaw, , "Development of a thin and flexible sesor for assessing corrosion damage of hard-to-access painted surfaces", Naval Engineer's Journal

Conference Proceedings

  • Barbara Shaw, Elizabeth Sikora, Dailin Wang and Todd Palmer, 2018, "Effect of immersion time on electrochemical characteristics of Additively Manufactured 316L stainless steel exposed to artificial sea water"
  • Barbara Shaw and Brian S. DeForce, 2016, "Documented Evidence of significant Metal Loss in aluminum Crevice Corrosion"
  • Ryan Wolfe and Barbara Shaw, 2013, "Improving the Corrosion Resistance of Magnesium by Vapor Phase Processing", Corrosion 2013 Proceedings
  • D. P. Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, E. Sikora, W. W. Shaw and L. H. Laliberte, 2005, "Comparison of Testing Techniques Used to Analyze the Corrosion Resistance of Sacrificial Coating Systems", Proceedings of the Tri-Service Corrosion Conference, NACE International
  • E. L. Montgomery, E. Sikora and Barbara Shaw, 2005, "Corrosion Preventative Compounds: Physical and Mechical Mechanisms on Steel", Tri-Service Corrosion Conference Proceeedings


  • D. P. Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, E. Sikora and W. W. Shaw, , "Corrosion Protection Assessment of Barrier Properties of Several Zn-containing Coating Systems on Steel in Artificial Seawater", Corrosion


  • Barbara Shaw and Elizabeth Sikora, 2014, "Crystalline Alloys: Magnesium, Environmental Degradation of Advanced and Traditional Materials", pp. 21-66
  • Barbara Shaw, 2006, "Corrosion-Resistant Powder Metallurgy Alloys", 13C, pp. 447-475
  • Barbara Shaw, W. W. Shaw and D. P. Schmidt, 2006, "Corrosion of Metallic Coatings", 13C, pp. 61-78
  • Barbara Shaw and Rayan C. Wolfe, 2005, "Corrosion of Magnesium and Magnesium-Base Alloys", 13B, pp. 205-227

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Business and Industry, Other, chairman, NACE International, Corrosion General Education Subcommittee, March 2017 - March 2020



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