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Professor Scott Wade

PhD, Victoria University, Australia; BSc (Hons), Victoria University, Australia


Professor Scott Wade joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2009. He graduated in 1994 from Victoria University of Technology with a BSc (Hons.) in applied physics and was awarded a PhD from Victoria University of Technology in 2001 for research on optical fibre based temperature sensors. Prior to joining Swinburne University he held research positions at a number of universities in the UK and Australia where he worked on applied research including the development of sensing techniques and corrosion studies. He is leading a research team investigating various aspects of corrosion, including microbiologically influenced corrosion, accelerated low water corrosion and corrosion sensing. His research has involved collaboration with leading industrial, government and academic institutions, and has been widely published. Further details of his current research themes are provided below. The research is associated with the BioEngineering Research Group at Swinburne.

Research interests

Ocean and Coastal Engineering; Biointerface Engineering; Materials Characterisation; Microbially Influenced Corrosion; Thermal Spray and Laser Processing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Accelerated Low Water Corrosion: Accelerated low water corrosion (ALWC) refers to the rapid corrosion of metallic structures that can occur at the low water tide level due to microbial processes: Topics for PhD studies include: development of ALWC probability/diagnosis techniques metal dependence on ALWC identification of microbial communities involved in ALWC

Advanced metallic coatings for biofouling and corrosion control: Many critical components and structures used in the harsh marine environment suffer from failures due to biofouling and corrosion. We have been working with key industry partners to develop advanced metallic coatings to minimise biofouling and corrosion issues.

Microbiologically influenced corrosion: Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) describes the changes to corrosion that can occur as result of the presence of microbes. Topics for PhD studies include: studies of different metals types and how they influence MIC looking at different types of microbes involved in MIC the development of standardised laboratory and field MIC testing procedures


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Materials Engineering - 401600
  • Microbiology - 310700
  • Atomic, Molecular And Optical Physics - 510200

Teaching areas

Health Technology Assessment;Non-ionising radiation effects/Bioelectromagnetics


  • 2022, Swinburne, VC’s Engaged award , Swinburne University
  • 2021, Swinburne, VC’s Research Excellence award, Swinburne University
  • 2019, Swinburne, VC's Industry Engagement Award, Swinburne University
  • 2019, National, PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Award for Platforms and Propulsion, Maritime Australia Ltd
  • 2019, National, National Defence Innovation Award, Maritime Australia Limited
  • 2019, Other, Capability Improvement Award, Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2018, Swinburne, VC's Community Engagement Award, Swinburne University
  • 2017, National, National Defence Industry Innovation Award, Highly Commended, Maritime Australia Limited
  • 2016, Other, Research Collaboration Award, Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2016, National, David Whitby Best Review Paper Award, Australasian Corrosion Association
  • 2015, Other, Project Leadership Award, Defence Materials Technology Centre


Also published as: Wade, Scott; Wade, S.; Wade, S. A.; Wade, Scott A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Accelerated Low Water Corrosion Assessment – Geelong Port 2024 *; Southern Divers Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2024: Impact of MGPS performance on the development of biofouling and corrosion in seawater pipework systems *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2023: ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2023: Beneficial algal-bacterial biofilms for sustainable wastewater treatment *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2022: Assessment of Accelerated Low Water Corrosion *; Southern Divers Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Assessment of Accelerated Low Water Corrosion *; ARUP PTY Limited
  • 2021: Microbial Corrosion and Passivation in Seawater System Pipework Materials *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2021: White paper to investigating effective anti-fouling and anti-corrosion treatments to mitigate Sonar array degradation *; Lockheed Martin Australia
  • 2020: Cathodic protection and microbial corrosion *; Defence Science Institute
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Supersonic 3D Deposition (SP3D) Printed Parts for Digital Shipyard *; Defence Science Institute Collaborative Research Grants
  • 2018: Understanding Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion on Naval Platforms *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2017: Field trial of prototype hydraulic actuator incorporating HVOF coating technology *; DMTC
  • 2016: Oxygen Dependence of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion with Sulfate Reducing Bacteria *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2015: Biofouling and corrosion performance evaluation of carbide-based HVOF coatings - Project 9.09 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Carbide-based HVOF coatings for hydraulic components - Project 2.14 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Corrosion scoping study - Project 9.07 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Performance of Candidate Piping Materials *; Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • 2014: High Velocity Oxygen Fuel carbide based coating for marine corrosion - Project 2.10 *; DMTC - High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Contract
  • 2014: Investigating the short term biofouling characteristics of HVOF carbide-based coatings - Project 2.13 *; DMTC - High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Contract
  • 2011: Distributed Fibre Optic Paint Degradation Sensor *; DMTC Strategic projects

* Chief Investigator