Rosa Griñón, researcher at the Technological Centre CTC, receives her doctorate degree from the University of Leicester, a leading research centre

The Technological Centre CTC has one more Ph.D. among its research staff, a milestone that further increases the centre’s specialisation in marine corrosion. Rosa Griñón, Project Manager in the area of Industry and Energy at the Technological Centre CTC, submitted her doctoral thesis “A Mechanistic Approach to Predict Long Term Performance of Coatings” and it was easily approved. The thesis was co-led by the University of Leicester, a leading research university centre, and the international company TWI Ltd.

This Ph.D. brings the total of CTC workers holding a doctorate degree to six, which is more than 24% of the research staff. This figure places the centre above the 13% required by the Royal Decree that regulates Spanish technological centres.

The doctoral thesis, which Griñón started working on in 2017, examined the protection mechanism provided by certain metallic coatings, mainly aluminium , in order to reduce corrosion in steel marine structures, such as oil rigs or offshore wind turbines. These coverings were studied to improve the design of offshore structures by extending their useful lives, which translates into cost savings and decreased risk from the aggression of the marine environment.

MCTS El Bocal

While she worked on her doctoral thesis, Griñón also held a research residency at CTC, where the new Ph.D. found a great ally at the Marine Laboratory MCTS “El Bocal”. This unique facility managed by the technological centre allowed her to perform tests in real marine conditions and make progress with her research, at the experiment level, using electrochemical techniques applied to the marine corrosion. Griñón explained, “the characteristics available at the MCTS ‘El Bocal’ are not found in Leicester or at The Welding Institute (TWI)”.

Furthermore, her research residency at CTC paved her way to become part of the technical staff at the only technological centre in Cantabria. Attracting talent is one of the centre’s strategic axes. Appealing to a labour force that ensures the continuity of CTC’s research team and gradually increases its abilities is essential for guaranteeing the institution’s continuity.

The results of the thesis by Dr. Griñón spurred interest in the scientific field. The results of the research were published in the scientific journals Corrosion Science, Materials and Corrosion and Coatings, the latter in collaboration with the CTC. The results were also presented at several international congresses, such as Eurocorr, the main event in the field of European corrosion science.