Professor Alison Davenport OBE, BA, PhD, MIM, CEng, MICorr, MIMF

Professor Alison Davenport

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor of Corrosion Science

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


PhD, Cambridge, 1987
BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, Cambridge, 1983


Teaching Programmes

  • UG – Fracture, Fatigue and Corrosion
  • Case Study: Corrosion of Hip Implants
  • PG – Environmental Degradation of Alloys
  • Degradation of Materials in the Body
  • Communication Skills

Postgraduate supervision

  • synchrotron methods in localised corrosion
  • corrosion issues in nuclear waste storage
  • corrosion of bipolar plates in PEM fuel cells
  • corrosion of aluminium alloys
  • corrosion of titanium alloys for biomedical applications



  • Synchrotron methods in corrosion and electrochemistry
  • Imaging corrosion processes with microtomography, radiography, and MRI
  • Atmospheric corrosion of stainless steel and aluminium alloys
  • Corrosion issues in nuclear waste storage
  • Corrosion of bipolar plates in PEM fuel cells
  • Corrosion of alloys for biomedical applications
  • Corrosion aluminium alloys for aerospace, automotive and marine applications
  • Effect of microstructure on corrosion and surface finishing of alloys
  • Corrosion of welds and deformed surface layers in aluminium alloys
  • Localised corrosion of magnesium
  • Titanium alloys from powder routes with improved corrosion resistance
  • Effect of alloying additions and surface finish on the corrosion of stainless steel

Other activities

  • Chartered Engineer, CEng IoM3
  • Member, STFC Physics and Life Sciences Committee
  • Member, EPSRC Structural Materials College
  • Member, The Electrochemical Society: Past Chair, Corrosion Division Executive Committee)
  • Member, Institute of Corrosion: Past Chair Corrosion Science Division (Executive Committee)
  • Member, NACE International
  • Member, International Society for Electrochemistry
  • Member, Institute of Metal Finishing
  • International Advisory Board of the Journal Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, 2005 onwards.
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 1995-1997.
  • Gordon Research Conference in Aqueous Corrosion: Chair (2008)
  • Diamond Light Source: I18 Working Group



Zhang, Y., Davenport, A. J., Burke, B., Vyas, N. & Addison, O. (2018), Effect of Zr Addition on the Corrosion of Ti in Acidic and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)-Containing Environments , ACS Biomaterial Science and Engineering, 4, 3, p. 1103-1111.

Zhang, Y., Addison, O., Yu, F., Troconis, B. C. R., Scully, J. R. & Davenport, A. J. (2018), Time-dependent Enhanced Corrosion of Ti6Al4V in the Presence of H2O2 and Albumin, Scientific Reports, 8, 1, 3185.

Rafla, V. N., Glanvill, S., Davenport, A. & Scully, J. R. (2018), Operando Assessment of Galvanic Corrosion Between Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy and a Stainless Steel Fastener Using X-ray Tomography, Corrosion, 74, 1, p. 5-23.


Zhang, Y., Addison, O., Gostin, P-F., Morrell, A., Cook, A., Liens, A., Wu, J., Ignatyev, K., Stoica, M. & Davenport, A. (2017), In-Situ Synchrotron X-ray Characterization of Corrosion Products in Zr Artificial Pits in Simulated Physiological SolutionsElectrochemical Society. Journal, 164, 14, p. C1003-C1012.

Street, S., Cook, A., Mohammed Ali, H., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. (2017), The effect of deposition conditions on atmospheric pitting corrosion location under Evans droplets on 304L stainless steel, Corrosion.

Xu, W., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. (2017), The effect of carbon within corrosion pits of iron in chloride solutions, Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, 52, 5, p. 383-390 8 p.

Cook, A. J. M. C., Padovani, C. & Davenport, A. J. (2017), Effect of Nitrate and Sulfate on Atmospheric Corrosion of 304L and 316L Stainless Steels, Electrochemical Society. Journal, 164, 4, p. C148-C163.


Bray, J. M., Davenport, A. J., Ryder, K. S. & Britton, M. M. (2016), Quantitative, InSitu Visualization of Metal-Ion Dissolution and Transport Using 1H Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 55, 32, p. 9394–9397.


Rafla, V., Davenport, A. & Scully, J. R. (2015), Determination of cathodic and anodic charge from operando x-ray tomography observation of galvanic corrosion of aluminum alloy 7050-T7451 and 304 stainless steel in a simulated fastener, Corrosion, 71, 11, p. 1300-1303 4 p.

Ghahari, S., Krouse, D., Laycock, N., Rayment, T., Padovani, C., Stampanoni, M., Marone, F., Mokso, R. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), Synchrotron X-ray radiography studies of pitting corrosion of stainless steel: Extraction of pit propagation parameters, Corrosion Science, 100, p. 23-35.

Yu, F., Addison, O. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), A synergistic effect of albumin and H2O2 accelerates corrosion of Ti6Al4V, Acta Biomaterialia, 26, p. 355-365.

Rafla, V., King, A. D., Glanvill, S., Parsons, A., Davenport, A. & Scully, J. R. (2015), Operando observation of galvanic corrosion between aluminum alloy 7050-T7451 and 304 stainless steel in a simulated fastener arrangement using x-ray tomography, Corrosion, 71, 10, p. 1171-11766 p.

Street, S. R., Mi, N., Cook, A. J. M. C., Mohammed-ali, H. B., Guo, L., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), Atmospheric pitting corrosion of 304L stainless steel: the role of highly concentrated chloride solutions, Faraday Discussions, 180, p. 251-265.

Street, S. R., Xu, W., Amri, M., Guo, L., Glanvill, S. J. M., Quinn, P. D., Mosselmans, J. F. W., Vila-Comamal, J., Rau, C., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), The effect of nitrate on salt layers in pitting corrosion of 304L stainless steel, Electrochemical Society. Journal, 162, 9, p. C457-C464

Xu, W., Street, S. R., Amri, M., Mosselmans, J. F. W., Quinn, P. D., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), In-situ synchrotron studies of the effect of nitrate on iron artificial pits in chloride solutions: I. On the structures of salt layers, Electrochemical Society. Journal, 162, 6, p. C238-C242.

Xu, W., Street, S. R., Amri, M., Mosselmans, J. F. W., Quinn, P. D., Rayment, T. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), In-situ synchrotron studies of the effect of nitrate on iron artificial pits in chloride solutions II. On the effect of carbon, Electrochemical Society. Journal, 162, 6, p. C243-C250.

Yu, F., Addison, O., Baker, S. J. & Davenport, A. J. (2015), Lipopolysaccharide inhibits or accelerates biomedical titanium corrosion depending on environmental acidityInternational Journal of Oral Science.


Davenport, A. J., Guo, L., Mi, N., Mohammed-Ali, H., Ghahari, M., Street, S. R., Laycock, N. J., Rayment, T., Reinhard, C., Padovani, C. & Krouse, (2014), Mechanistic studies of atmospheric pitting corrosion of stainless steel for ILW containers, Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, 49, 6, p. 514-520 7 p.


Hammons, J. A., Davenport, A. J., Ghahari, S. M., Monir, M., Tinnes, J. P., Amri, M., Terrill, N., Marone, F., Mokso, R., Stampanoni, M. & Rayment, T. (2013) Interfacial phenomena during salt layer formation under high rate dissolution conditions, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 117, 22, p. 6724-6732 9 p.

Mittal, S., Revell, M., Barone, F., Hardie, D. L., Matharu, G. S., Davenport, A. J., Martin, R. A., Grant, M., Mosselmans, F., Pynsent, P., Sumathi, V. P., Addison, O., Revell, P. A. & Buckley, C. D. (2013), Lymphoid aggregates that resemble tertiary lymphoid organs define a specific pathological subset in metal-on-metal hip replacements, PLoS ONE, 8, 5, e63470.

Britton, M. M., Bayley, P. M., Howlett, P. C., Davenport, A. J. & Forsyth, M. (2013), In situ, real-time visualization of electrochemistry using magnetic resonance imagingJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4, 17, p. 3019-3023 5 p.


Addison, O., Davenport, A. J., Newport, R. J., Kalra, S., Monir, M., Mosselmans, J. F. W., Proops, D. & Martin, R. A. (2012), Do 'passive' medical titanium surfaces deteriorate in service in the absence of wear?, Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 9, 76, p. 3161-4 4 p.

Padovani, C., Davenport, A., Connolly, B., Williams, S. W., Siggs, E., Groso, A. & Stampanoni, M. (2012), Corrosion protection of AA2024-T351 friction stir welds by laser surface melting with Excimer laser, Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, 47, 3, p. 188-202 15 p.


Ghahari, S.M., Krouse, D.P., Laycock, N.J., Rayment, T., Padovani, C., Suter, T., Mokso, R., Stampanoni, M., Monir, M. and Davenport, A.J. in press, Pitting Corrosion of Stainless Steel: Measuring and Modelling Pit Propagation in Support of Damage Prediction for Radioactive Waste Containers, Corros. Eng. Sci. Tech.

Jariyaboon, M., Davenport, A.J., Ambat, R., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W. and Price, D.A. 2011, Corrosion behaviour of banded microstructure within nugget of friction stir welds in AA2024-T351, Mater. Sci. Technol., 27: 208-213

Davenport, A.J., Dent, A.J., Monir, M., Hammons, J.A., Ghahari, S.M., Quinn, P.D. and Rayment, T. 2011, XANES study of the chemistry of Molybdenum in artificial corrosion pits in 316L stainless steel, J. Electrochem. Soc., 158: C111-C117


Wylie, C.M., Davenport, A.J., Cooper, P.R. and Shelton, R.M. 2010, Oral Keratinocyte Responses to Nickel-based Dental Casting Alloys In Vitro, J. Biomater. Appl., 25: 251-267

Knight, S.P., Salagaras, M., Wythe, A.M., De Carlo, F., Davenport, A.J. and Trueman, A.R. 2010, In situ X-ray tomography of intergranular corrosion of 2024 and 7050 aluminium alloys, Corros. Sci., 52: 3855-3860

Jariyaboon, M., Davenport, A.J., Ambat, R., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W. and Price, D.A. 2010, Effect of cryogenic cooling on corrosion of friction stir welded AA7010-T7651, Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, 57: 83-89

Hammons, J.A., Rayment, T., Vandendael, I., Blajiev, O., Hubin, A., Davenport, A.J., Raes, M. and Terryn, H. 2010, A method to detect retained gas during AC electrograining using in-situ small angle X-ray scattering, Electrochem. Commun., 12: 717-719

Davenport, A.J., Forsyth, M. and Britton, M.M. 2010, Visualisation of chemical processes during corrosion of zinc using magnetic resonance imaging, Electrochem. Commun., 12: 44-47

Ashworth, M.A., Davenport, A.J., Ward, R.M. and Hamilton, H.G.C. 2010, Microstructure and corrosion of Pd-modified Ti alloys produced by powder metallurgy, Corros. Sci., 52: 2413-2421


Jariyaboon, M., Davenport, A.J., Ambat, R., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W. and Price, D.A. 2009, The effect of cryogenic CO2 cooling on corrosion behaviour of friction stir welded AA2024-T351, Corros. Eng. Sci. Tech., 44: 425-432

Fonda, R.W., Pao, P.S., Jones, H.N., Feng, C.R., Connolly, B.J. and Davenport, A.J. 2009, Microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion of friction stir welded Al 5456, Mater. Sci. Eng., A, 519: 1-8


Rayment, T., Davenport, A.J., Dent, A.J., Tinnes, J.P., Wiltshire, R.J.K., Martin, C., Clark, G., Quinn, P. and Mosselmans, J.F.W. 2008, Characterisation of salt films on dissolving metal surfaces in artificial corrosion pits via in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Electrochem. Commun., 10: 855-858

Padovani, C.G., Davenport, A.J., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W., Groso, A., Stampanoni, M. and Bellucci, F. 2008, Corrosion and protection of friction stir welds in aerospace aluminium alloys, Metallurgia Italiana: 29-42

Eckermann, F., Suter, T., Uggowitzer, P.J., Afseth, A., Davenport, A.J., Connolly, B.J., Larsen, M.H., De Carlo, F. and Schmutz, P. 2008, In situ monitoring of corrosion processes within the bulk of AlMgSi alloys using X-ray microtomography, Corros. Sci., 50: 3455-3466


Wylie, C.M., Shelton, R.M., Fleming, G.J.P. and Davenport, A.J. 2007, Corrosion of nickel-based dental casting alloys, Dent. Mater., 23: 714-723

Tang, Y.C. and Davenport, A.J. 2007, Magnetic field effects on the corrosion of artificial pit electrodes and pits in thin films, J. Electrochem. Soc., 154: C362-C370

Leclere, T.J.R., Davenport, A.J. and Newman, R.C. 2007, Enhancement of localized corrosion in aluminum alloys by weak acids, Corrosion, 63: 338-345

Jariyaboon, M., Davenport, A.J., Ambat, R., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W. and Price, D.A. 2007, The effect of welding parameters on the corrosion behaviour of friction stir welded AA2024-T351, Corros. Sci., 49: 877-909

Davenport, A.J., Padovani, C., Connolly, B.J., Stevens, N.P.C., Beale, T.A.W., Groso, A. and Stampanoni, M. 2007, Synchrotron X-ray microtomography study of the role of Y in corrosion of magnesium alloy WE43, Electrochem. Solid-State Lett., 10: C5-C8

Danilidis, I., Davenport, A.J. and Sykes, J.M. 2007, Characterisation by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy of KMnO4-based no-rinse conversion coatings on Al and Al alloys, Corros. Sci., 49: 1981-1991

Cecchetto, L., Ambat, R., Davenport, A.J., Delabouglise, D., Petit, J.P. and Neel, O. 2007, Emeraldine base as corrosion protective layer on aluminium alloy AA5182, effect of the surface microstructure, Corros. Sci., 49: 818-829


Jariyaboon, M., Davenport, A.J., Ambat, R., Connolly, B.J., Williams, S.W. and Price, D.A. 2006, Corrosion of a dissimilar friction stir weld joining aluminium alloys AA2024 and AA7010, Corros. Eng. Sci. Tech., 41: 135-14

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