Dr. Paul Natishan is the 2017 recipient of the W.R. Whitney Award. This award is given to an individual who has made public contributions to the science of corrosion. Dr. Natishan is recognized for his contributions to the advancement in the understanding of corrosion and the passivity of metals. He pioneered the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to observe chloride in the oxide film on aluminum and developed the use of ion implantation to prevent film breakdown and improve the corrosion resistance of aluminum.
Dr. Natishan began his presentation by expressing thanks to those that helped him and worked with him over the years. An experimentalist from the Navy Research Laboratory, Dr. Natishan discussed his work exploring surface change, including recent work investigating the prevalence of chloride in the oxide film on Type 316 stainless steel.