Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Fürbeth

Director Corrosion Center / ­Electrolytic Corrosion

"Corrosion damage causes considerable costs in many industrial sectors. The DECHEMA Corrosion Center offers expert advice and individual solutions to save costs, conserve resources and optimise processes."



Appointment as Associate Professor by the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

since 2017

Member of the Institute Management of the DECHEMA Research Institute


Habilitation at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and award of the Venia Legendi in corrosion and surface technology

since 2012

Head of the working group "Corrosion" and member of the Scientific Board of the DECHEMA Research Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2005 – 2012

Head of the working group "Corrosion" at the Karl-Winnacker-Institut of DECHEMA e.V.

1997 – 2005

Scientific assistant in the working group "Electrochemistry and Corrosion" at the Karl-Winnacker-Institute of DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Doctoral thesis in materials science at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research Düsseldorf (Corrosion Group) and at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Chair of Corrosion and Surface Engineering), Germany, Dr.-Ing.

Main Areas of Research

  • Corrosion protection through novel coatings on metals
  • Nanoparticulate coating systems
  • Modification of oxide layers
  • Microbially influenced corrosion and corrosion protection by biopolymers
  • Scanning probe methods in corrosion research
  • Materials selection, damage cases, contract research, corrosion investigations


C. Thyssen, D. Holuscha, J. Kuhn, F. Walter, W. Fürbeth, W. Sand
Biofilm formation and stainless steel corrosion analysis of Leptothrix
Advanced Materials Research 1130 (2015) 79-82

F. Depentori, C. Forcellini, F. Andreatta, E. Marin, S. Maschio, F. Brunke, C. Siemers, L. Fedrizzi,
W. Fürbeth
Oxidation of Neodymium Precipitates in a Ti6Al4V2Nd Alloy in Sodium Chloride Solution
Materials and Corrosion 67 (2016), 277 - 285

V. Kuznetsov, S. Benfer, A. Tenié, W. Bleck, W. Fürbeth,
Mehrschichtiges Zunderschutzsystem für presshärtbare Stähle,
DE10 2016 115 746.5 , angemeldet am 24.08.2016
EP 17185771.7, angemeldet am 10.08.2017 mit Priorität 24.08.2016

M. Schneider, K. Kremmer, S.K. Weidmann, W. Fürbeth
Particle reinforced open porous anodizing layers on AA5005
Materials and Corrosion 68 (2017), 1090 - 1098

A. Anthes, S.K. Weidmann, W. Fürbeth, K. Kremmer, M. Schneider
Nanoparticle-based impregnation of chromate-free anodizing layers for corrosion protection and adhesive bonding
Surface & Coatings Technology 348 (2018), 121 - 129

M. Schneider, K. Kremmer, D. Tabatabai, W. Fürbeth
Nano-sized zeolite particles as inhibitor carrier in plasma electrolytic oxide layers on AZ31
Materials and Corrosion 69 (2018), 971 - 977

S. Lederer, P. Lutz, W. Fürbeth
Surface modification of Ti 13Nb 13Zr by plasma electrolytic oxidation
Surface & Coatings Technology 335 (2018) 62-71

M. Thomä, G. Wagner, B. Straß, B. Wolter, S. Benfer, W. Fürbeth
Ultrasound enhanced friction stir welding of aluminum and steel: process and properties of EN AW 6061/DC04-Joints
Journal of Materials Science & Technology 34 (2018), 163 - 172

M. Thomä, A. Gester, G. Wagner, B. Straß, B. Wolter, S. Benfer, D. K. Gowda,
W. Fürbeth
Application of the hybrid process ultrasound enhanced friction stir welding on dissimilar aluminum/dual‐phase steel and aluminum/magnesium joints
Materialwiss. Werkstofftech. 2019, 50, 893–912

S. Lederer, S. Sankaran, T. Smith, W. Fürbeth
Formation of bioactive hydroxyapatite-containing titania coatings on CP-Ti 4+ alloy generated by plasma electrolytic oxidation
Surface & Coatings Technology 363 (2019), 66-74

Participation in Committees and Professional Societies

  • European Federation of Corrosion - Chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee
  • European Federation of Corroion - Chairman of the Working Party Coatings
  • GfKORR Gesellschaft für Korrosionsschutz e.V. - Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
  • DIN German Institute for Standardization - Member of the standards committee "Corrosion Testing
  • Journal Materials and Corrosion (Wiley-VCH) - Member of the International Advisory Board


  • DECHEMA e.V.
  • GfKORR
  • NACE
  • DGM
  • ISE
  • GDCh
  • DGO
  • VDEh