Findings and Recommendations the NIST Workshop on Alternative Fuels and Materials: Biocorrosion
Elisabeth Mansfield, Jeffrey W. Sowards, Wendy J. Crookes-Goodson
The Applied Chemicals and Materials Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a workshop to identify and prioritize testing and data challenges in the area of biocorrosion. Materials used to store and distribute alternative fuels have seen an increase in corrosion due to the unique conditions caused by the presence of microbes and the chemistry of biofuels and biofuel precursors. Participants in this workshop, experts from the microbiological, fuel, and materials communities, delved into the unique materials and chemical challenges that occur with manufacturing, transport, and storage of alternative fuels. Discussions focused on specific problems including a) the changing composition of fuels and the impact of that composition on materials; b) the influence of microbial populations on corrosion; and c) state of the art measurement technologies for monitoring material breakdown and biofilm formation.