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Elzbieta Sikora

Associate Teaching Professor and Graduate Programs Coordinator

Affiliation(s):

  • Engineering Science and Mechanics

403A Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

exs36@psu.edu

814-863-5571

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.

 
 

 

Education

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Benjamin Aronson, P Fourspring, Justin Reiss, B Ensor, J Clobes, L Erich, M Ammendola, C Ryan, K Jenkins, Elzbieta Sikora and Douglas Wolfe, 2023, "Accelerated optimization of chromium coating microstructures for nuclear fuel applications through electrochemical corrosion testing", Journal of Nuclear Materials, 585, pp. 11
  • Shivani Gupta, A K Sharma, D Agrawal, M Lanagan, Elzbieta Sikora and I Singh, 2023, "Characterization of AZ31/HA biodegradable metal matrix composites manufactured by rapid microwave sintering", Materials, 16, (5), pp. 19
  • Jahangir M Lodhi, Andrew Iams, Elizabeth Sikora and Todd Palmer, 2022, "Microstructural features contributing to macroscopic corrosion: the role of oxide inclusions on the corrosion properties of additively manufactured 316L stainless steel", Corrosion Science, 203, pp. 110354
  • D W, E S and B A S, 2019, "Elucidation of the role of carbon nanotubes in zinc-rich epoxy coating under erosion and corrosion conditions", Corrosion, pp. 14
  • Dailin Wang, Elzbieta Sikora and Barbara A Shaw, 2018, "A study of the effects of filler particles on the degradation mechanisms of powder epoxy novolac coating systems under corrosion and erosion", Progress in Organic Coatings, 121, pp. 97-104
  • Elzbieta Sikora, Mathiew Kuentzler, Jesse Galvan, Daniel Cordova and Barbara Shaw, 2014, "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, 2014, "Corrosion and structural characterization of physically vapor deposited magnesium alloys", Naval Engineers Journal
  • 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
  • Barbara Shaw, Elizabeth Sikora and Sanna Virtanen, 2008, "Fix, heal, and disappear: A new approach to using metals in the human body", Electrochemical Society Interface, 17, (2), pp. 45-49
  • Dennis Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, W. W. Shaw and L. H. Laliberte, 2007, "Comparison of testing techniques used to analyze the corrosion resistance of sacrificial coating systems", Corrosion, 63, (10), pp. 958-974
  • 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, (4), pp. 352-364
  • 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
  • Dennis Schmidt, Barbara Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora and W. W. Shaw, 2006, "Corrosion protection assessment of barrier properties of several zinc-containing coating systems on steel in artificial seawater", Corrosion, 62, (4), pp. 323-339
  • 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, X. J. Wei and Barbara Shaw, 2004, "Corrosion behavior of nanocrystalline bulk Al-Mg-based alloys", Corrosion, 60, (4), pp. 387-398
  • Elzbieta Sikora and Digby D MacDonald, 2002, "Nature of the passive film on nickel", Electrochimica Acta, 48, (1), pp. 69-77
  • Elzbieta Sikora and Digby D MacDonald, 2000, "Passivity of iron in the presence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. I. General electrochemical behavior", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 147, (11), pp. 4087-4092
  • Janusz Sikora, Elzbieta Sikora and Digby D MacDonald, 2000, "Electronic structure of the passive film on tungsten", Electrochimica Acta, 45, (12), pp. 1875-1883
  • Digby D MacDonald, Elzbieta Sikora and Janusz Sikora, 1998, "The kinetics of growth of the passive film on tungsten in acidic phosphate solutions", Electrochimica Acta, 43, (19-20), pp. 2851-2861
  • Digby D MacDonald, Elzbieta Sikora and George Engelhardt, 1998, "Characterizing electrochemical systems in the frequency domain", Electrochimica Acta, 43, (1-2), pp. 87-107
  • Digby D MacDonald, Khaled M. Ismail and Elzbieta Sikora, 1998, "Characterization of the passive state on zinc", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 145, (9), pp. 3141-3149
  • Lei Zhang, Digby D MacDonald, Elzbieta Sikora and Janusz Sikora, 1998, "On the kinetics of growth of anodic oxide films", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 145, (3), pp. 898-905
  • Elzbieta Sikora and Digby D MacDonald, 1997, "Defining the passive state", Solid State Ionics, 94, (1-4), pp. 141-150
  • Carmel B. Breslin, Digby D MacDonald, Janusz Sikora and Elzbieta Sikora, 1997, "Influence of uv light on the passive behaviour of SS316 - Effect of prior illumination", Electrochimica Acta, 42, (1), pp. 127-136
  • Carmel B. Breslin, Digby D MacDonald, Elzbieta Sikora and Janusz Sikora, 1997, "Photo-inhibition of pitting corrosion on types 304 and 316 stainless steels in chloride-containing solutions", Electrochimica Acta, 42, (1), pp. 137-144
  • Elzbieta Sikora, Janusz Sikora and Digby D MacDonald, 1996, "A new method for estimating the diffusivities of vacancies in passive films", Electrochimica Acta, 41, (6), pp. 783-789
  • Digby D Macdonald, Elzbieta Sikora, Maria Balmas and Richard C Alkire, 1996, "PhotoInhibition of Localized Corrosion on Stainless Steel in Neutral Chloride Solution", Corrosion Science, 38, (1), pp. 127-136
  • J. Flis and Elzbieta Sikora, 1994, "Impedance and transient study of iron and ironphosphorus alloy in carbonate/bicarbonate solution with phosphate anions", Electrochimica Acta, 39, (8-9), pp. 1145-1149
  • Elzbieta Sikora, Andrzej Sadkowski and J. Flis, 1994, "Impedance study of effect of phosphorus on anodic behavior of iron in carbonate/bicarbonate solutions", Electrochimica Acta, 39, (8-9), pp. 1145-1149
  • Dailin Wang, Elizabeth Sikora and Barbara A Shaw, , "A Comparison of the Corrosion Response of Zinc-Rich Coatings with and Without Presence of Carbon Nanotubes Under Erosion and Corrosion Conditions", Corrosion, 74, (11), pp. 14

Conference Proceedings

  • Barbara Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, Morgan Thompson and Caroline van Pelt, 2019, "An EIS based sensor for monitoring corrosion damage in hard to access areas", NACE
  • 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."
  • Nasser al Jassem, Elzbieta Sikora, S Ghannam, B Shaw, B Mishra, B Palmer and L Vechot, 2016, "Effect of chloride concentration and temperature on corrosion and wear resistance of polymer coating for protection of internal surfaces of gas pipelines"
  • Nasser Al Jassem, Elzbieta Sikora, D Wang, B Shaw, B Mishra, B Palmer and L Vechot, 2016, "Study of protection mechanism of multifunctional coating systems against internal corrosion in pipelines in oil and gas industry", National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • M Sharma-Judd, B Shaw and Elzbieta Sikora, 2002, "Investigation of the Stress Corrosion Cracking and Corrosion Fatigue Resistance of Conventional and Nanostructured Al-Mg Alloys", Electrochemical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • J Sikora, Elzbieta Sikora and B Shaw, 2001, "Model based prediction of the size of a pit on experimental aluminum alloys series 6xxx", The Electrochemical Society, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • M L Benish, J Sikora, B Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, M Yaffe, A Krebs and G Martinchek, 1998, "Corrosion Resistant Coatings and Deposits Produced by Physical Vapor Deposition Method"
  • B Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, K Kennedy, P Miller, E Principe, K Scammon, K Heidersbach, T Miller and J Singh, 1997, "Corrosion Resistant Alloys and Coatings Produced by Physical Vapor Deposition", Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Orlando, Florida, USA
  • B Shaw, Elzbieta Sikora, K Kennedy, P Miller, E Principe, K Scammon, K Heidersbach, T Miller and J Singh, 1997, "Corrosion Resistant Coatings and Deposits Produced by Physical Vapor Deposition Method", National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Elzbieta Sikora, B Shaw and T Miller, 1997, "Characterization of Nonequilibrium Al-Mo Alloys formed by EB-PVD"
  • Elzbieta Sikora and D D Macdonald, 1996, "Physics and Electrochemistry of Oxide Growth", pp. 432,259-265
  • Elzbieta Sikora, C Breslin, J Sikora and D D Macdonald, 1995, "Semiconductive properties of passive films on types 304 and 316 stainless steel formed under UV-irradiation", The Electrochemical Society, Reno, Nevada, USA, pp. 344-354
  • D D Macdonald, Elzbieta Sikora and J Sikora, 1994, "The Point Defect Model vs. High Field Model for describing the growth of passive films", The Electrochemical Society, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, pp. 139-151

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Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

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