Professor Mike Yongjun Tan is a Professor in Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Technologies at Deakin University. His main research interests are in corrosion science and engineering, applied electrochemistry, and applications to enhance the reliability and durability of civil and industrial infrastructure.
His career has spanned the range from research and teaching to industry engagement. He leads a corrosion laboratory at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus to carry out research on the protection of critical industrial infrastructure such as energy pipelines, oil and gas production facilities, desalination plants and water infrastructure. Prof Tan is also a Research Program Leader for the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre. The goal of this Coatings and Corrosion research program is to cost effectively extend the life of pipeline infrastructure by mitigating corrosion and environmentally assisted degradation of pipelines.
One of his major contributions in the fields of electrochemistry and corrosion science and engineering is the invention of the wire beam electrode (WBE) method and the subsequent development of its theory and an industrial corrosion probe. Prof Tan is the author of some 150 publications and approximately 80 confidential research and project reports to industry.