Cars: Understanding magnesium corrosion


Published: 5Aug2015
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In the fight against climate change, fuel efficiency in cars is crucial. One way to lower fuel consumption is to use new alloys such as magnesium, which is 30% lighter than aluminum, to decrease the weight of cars.

However, because magnesium corrodes easily this is a not yet a viable solution for the automotive industry. That’s why McGill researchers are trying to better understand the mechanisms involved in magnesium corrosion.

Phillippe Dauphin-Ducharme, PhD student in chemistry at McGill University, and Janine Mauzeroll, associate professor of chemistry at McGill University both wrote a cover feature article in Analytical Chemistry published on August 4th 2015 about magnesium corrosion.

Phillippe Dauphin-Ducharme was also interviewed on the podcast of Analytical Chemistry about the article.



Expert: Janine Mauzeroll, director of the Laboratory for Electrochemical Reactive Imaging and Detection of Biological Systems, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University
Expertise: Expert in electrochemistry, her research focuses among other things on corrosion, batteries, biosensors and multidrug resistance.
Contact: janine.mauzeroll [at] She can answers in English and French.

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