Andrea Balbo




ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5870-1502

h-index: 22, based on Citations 1185 from 68 documents (Scopus 01/2021)


Andrea Balbo is Associate Professor (SSD ING-IND / 22) at the Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara and carries out his research activity at the “A. Daccò” Corrosion and Metallurgy Study Centre, Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara



2001 : 5-Year degree with honours in Chemistry the University of Ferrara in 2001”.

2005: PhD from the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry of the University of Bologna with a thesis on “Development and characterization of SiC based ceramic materials”.


- 2001 to 2006: research grant at the Institute CNR-ISTEC of Faenza, where he carried out research on advanced ceramics. His research field focused on the development and characterization of new ceramic materials, on the study of the processes of corrosion and oxidation at high temperature, on the study of solid-liquid interphases in ceramic systems, on the study of sintering processes and the correlation between the functional and mechanical properties of the ceramic materials and their microstructure.

- 2006 to 2008 research grant at the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality of Brazil (INMETRO) in the Laboratory of Thermal Analysis and Particulate Systems (LATEP). The research activity: characterization by thermal analysis of different classes of materials, development of suspensions of nanoparticles (nanofluids) and characterization of their colloidal properties, study of thermophysical properties of materials.

- 2008 - 2020, researcher (SSD ING/IND 22) at the Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara

Since 2009 has been, also, associate researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (ISTEC-CNR) of Faenza (Italy).


- 2017 National Scientific Qualification to fill the role of Associate Professor in the Italian Universities, in the recruiting disciplinary field 09/D1.


- 01/12/2020 Associate Professor at the Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara.

- member of the Professors Board of the PhD Program in "Engineering Science" of the University of Ferrara.

- member of the Governing Council of the Corrosion and Metallurgy Study Centre "A. Daccò" of the University of Ferrara.


- 2009 – today: “Fundamentals of chemistry and materials” at the undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (9 credits, LT).

- 2015– today: “Applied chemistry” the undergraduate degree Civil and Environmental Engineering (6 credits, LT) at.

- 2019– today: “High temperature material degradation and degradation protection” (6 credits, LS) at the graduate degree in mechanical Engineering.

-2014 – “Corrosion and degradation of materials in a biological environment” for 1st level Master in “Materials, products, processes and systems for the biomedical industry”, Engineering Department, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia;

-2015 – “Corrosion and degradation of materials in a biological environment” for the formation course of “Higher technician for the production of biomedical equipments and devices” at ITS Biomedical – Life Science, Mirandola.


Currently the scientific activity of Prof. Balbo is addressed to the study of corrosion phenomena of metal alloys and their inhibition by means of different classes of substances, to  the development of protective coatings against the corrosion of metals for industrial applications and in the cultural heritage field,  to the development of metal and / or ceramic matrix composite, to the study of the corrosion behaviour of metsallic alloy fabricated  by additive manufacturing technique to the study the corrosion behaviour  of metal and electroconductive ceramic composites used for biomedical applications.

Currently his research activity focuses on:

- characterization of the corrosion behaviour of materials made with SLM technique

- corrosion and corrosion protection of light alloys (Al and Mg alloys) in different environments;

- corrosion and stress corrosion of lean duplex stainless steels;

- corrosion and tribocorrosion of electroconducting ceramic materials for biomedical applications;

- corrosion inhibition by organic substances;

- corrosion and corrosion protection of bronze and gilded bronze in the field of cultural heritage;

- development of protective coatings for metals of artistic and industrial interest

- study of rebar corrosion behaviour in traditional and innovative concretes;

- development and characterization of ceramic matrix composite for structural and UHT applications.

-development, characterization, and study of the corrosion behaviour of advanced ceramic materials.

His research activity produced 58 papers in peer reviewed international journals, 58 paper in conference proceedings and 2 contributions in edited book.



The Results of the 2004-2010 VQR indicated the ING-IND/22 research groups of the Ferrara University as  leader one in Italy (Table 4.9 from the document Tables of VQR results of Area 09).

The results of the VQR 2011-2014 indicate that the research products presented are excellent.



-supervisor of PhD student Engineering Science , XXVIII ciclo, research focused on “ Ultrahigh temperature ceramics for thermal protection system, propulsion and energy”, in collaboration with ISTEC-CNR.

-currently supervisor of PhD student, whose research is focused on the characterization of the corrosion behaviour of innovative SLM alloys in simulated body fluids.



-2020 – 2023 Member of the UniFE Research Group of the 3 year European research project “PROCRAFT -  PROtection and Conservation of Heritage AirCRAFT” . JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use Call Call 2019. Start date 1 October, 2020,.

- (2019-2022) two-year research project "IMPReSA: Use of recycled plastic materials for lightened structural mortars and concretes ", from 07/2019 to 02/2022. 2014-2020 POR-FESR Program. Role: member of the UNIFE research unit.

- (2019-2022) Two-year research project "Multi-functional and multi-scale investments, for McCarthy components in steel and aluminum alloys manufactured with additive manufacturing (RIMMEL). from 07/2019 to 07/2021. Role: member of the UNIFE research unit.

- (2017-2019). Biennial research project entitled "North Sea Solutions in Corrosion for Energy, NeSSIE", co-funded by the European Fund for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (EMFF) from 01/05/2017 to 30/04/2019. (Agreement n. EASME / EMFF / 2016 / / 01 / SI2.752861). Role: responsible of the UNIFE research unit contract with ASTER.

- (2016-2017) – Member of the UniFE Research Group in the project "NEW PROTECTIVE COATING TECHNOLOGIES. Eco-compliant pretreatments and paintings for die-cast aluminum" (in collaboration with Azienda Neri Spa (Longiano (FC)) (Call for collaborative research and development projects for companies -POR-FESR 2014-2020)

- 2016 – member of research group in a project funded by the European Community entitled "Outdoor bronze corrosion: nanoscale XPS investigation of protective coating on representative substrates" for the use of time machine on the ANTARES line of the Soleil synchrotron of L'Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin (France).

- 2015-2017 – Member of the UniFE Research Group (Second Key Person) of the 2 year European research project B-IMPACT (Bronze-IMproved non-hazardous PAtina CoaTings) of the M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2013.

- 2011-2013 – Member of the UniFE research group of the national research project PRIN 2009: “Innovative methods for the conservation of gilded bronzes” (Participants: UniFE; UniBO; PoliMI; IFAC-CNR) .

- 2013-2014 – Member of the UniFE research group in a 2 year Project with title: "Preparation and Application of New Generation Controlled Release Corrosion Inhibitors for Concrete Reinforcing Steel Protection". Funding Source: Spanish Government, MINECO, CICYT, BIA2012-32320..

- 2012 - Member of the UniFE Research Group in a 1 year Project with title: "Study and Application of Selective Controlled Delivery Release Corrosion Inhibitors for Reinforced Concrete Structures". Funding Source: Spanish Government: MICINN, CICYT, BIA2011-27182.



– Invited Lecture at the International Online Symposium “Atmospheric corrosion of Bronze: beauty of art, science and cultural heritage care”; Invited talk presented "Corrosion protection of bronze exposed outdoor", 11 November 2020.

– Invited presentation at the Meeting "Corrosione: soluzioni, analisi, nuovi processi per un confronto diretto con le PMI", Italy-Switzerland Chapter of ASM, Faenza, Nov. 7, 2013.



- member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed open access scientific journal “Corrosion and Materials Degradation” (ISSN 2624-5558), MDPI.

- Guest Editor of the Special Issues "Corrosion and degradation phenomena in biomaterials" for the peer-reviewed open access scientific journal Materials (ISSN 1996-1944) published by MDPI.

- reviewer for many international scientific journals: Corrosion Science, Electrochimica Acta, Cement and Concrete Research, Colloids and Surface Science, Progress in Organic Coatings, International Journal of Electrochemistry, Scientific Report, Metals, Materials.

– Member of Local Organization Committee of the XI Edition of the Giornate Nazionali di Corrosione e Protezione, Ferrara 15-17 June 2015.

– Member of the Diagnostics and Conservation Group of the TekneHub-Tecnopolo (Conservation and Cultural Heritage) and Corrosion group of Terra&Acqua Tech-Tecnopolo (Environment, water, soil, land). High Technology Network funded by (ERDF)

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