The corrosion of metals and alloys is an electrochemical process where in applications such as aviation, defence, automotive, structural, marine, oil and gas and mining the consequences of uncontrolled corrosion events can be catastrophic. Of these examples, the use of corrosion inhibitors in solutions or in coatings is a common, relatively simple and a cost-effective way to minimize corrosion events in many everyday applications.
Over the last few decades some corrosion inhibitors have been deemed hazardous and as a result are being globally phased out from commercial use. Whilst the development of new corrosion inhibitors has primarily been empirical we have attempted to take a holistic approach towards the design of novel inhibitors for specific solution and coating applications. Here building on the success at CSIRO in materials discovery activities for drug discovery and organic electronics we present our efforts towards new corrosion inhibitor materials.