Scott is a member within the Euro-MIC COST framework. This project is funded by the European Union and enables scientists to bridge knowledge and capabilities across countries and disciplines.

Summary of the experiences and competences of Scott

I am an associate professor leading a research team with a focus on various aspects of microbiologically influenced corrosion from fundamental through to highly applied. We investigate all topics of MIC including in the disciplines of microbiology, metallurgy and chemistry/media, both in the laboratory and in the field. Participation in Euro-MIC allows us to collaborate with other researchers and industry representatives, to find out what they are interested in and work out ways that we can develop improved understanding of MIC processes and ways of mitigating problems that MIC causes.

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We have been working on aspects of MIC research for 15+ years, and during this time have developed methods and insights on fundamental MIC processes in the laboratory and how to study MIC in the field. Our labs include many key pieces of scientific equipment (full microbiology labs, SEM/EDS, XRD, XPS, 3D optical profiling, etc.) useful for the study of MIC. We are always happy to collaborate and share the knowledge that we have learned and to learn from others in this highly multidisciplinary field.

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Swinburne University (Australia)

1 John Street

Hawthorn, Victoria



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Some examples of recent MIC related research outputs:

S.A. Wade, J.S. Webb, R.B. Eckert, G.E. Jenneman, S.A. Rice, T.L. Skovhus, P. Sturman, S.P. Kotu, M. Richardson, D.M. Goeres, “The role of standards in biofilm research and industry innovation”, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 177, 105532, 2023.

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil and S.A. Wade, “Effect of test media on the crevice corrosion of stainless steel by sulfate reducing bacteria”, npj Materials Degradation 6:40, 2022.

H.C. Phan, S.A. Wade, L.L. Blackall, “Identification of microbes isolated with test kits through culture-dependent and metabarcoding techniques for assessment of microbial corrosion”, Current Research in Biotechnology 4, 129–137, 2022.

A.A. Thompson, J.L. Wood, E.A. Palombo, W.K. Green and S.A. Wade, “From laboratory tests to field trials: a review of cathodic protection and microbially influenced corrosion”, Biofouling, 38:3, 298-320, 2022.

J.L. Wood, W.C. Neil, S.A. Wade, “High taxonomic diversity in ship bilges presents challenges for monitoring microbial corrosion and opportunity to utilise community functional profiling”, accepted for publication in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 87:e00890-21, 2021.

H.C. Phan, L.L. Blackall and S.A. Wade, “Effect of multispecies microbial consortia on microbially influenced corrosion of carbon steel”, Corrosion and Material Degradation 2, pp. 133-149, 2021.

M.A. Javed, N. Rieders, I. Beech, R. Avci, W.C. Neil, and S.A. Wade, “The influence of chemical cleaning methods on pitting morphology attributed to microbially influenced corrosion of stainless steels”, Corrosion 77(3), pp. 276-286, 2021.

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil, G. McAdam, J.W. Moreau and S.A. Wade, “Microbiologically influenced corrosion of stainless steel by sulfate reducing bacteria – A tale of caution”, Corrosion 76(7), pp. 639-653, 2020.

B.J. Little, D.J. Blackwood, J. Hinks, F.M. Lauro, E. Marsili, A. Okamoto, S.A. Rice, S.A. Wade and H.-C. Flemming, “Microbially influenced corrosion—Any progress?”, Corrosion Science 170, 108641, 2020.

H.C. Phan, S.A. Wade and L.L. Blackall, “Microbial Communities of Orange Tubercles in Accelerated Low-Water Corrosion”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86(13), e00610-20, 2020.

H.C. Phan, S.A. Wade and L.L. Blackall, “Is marine sediment the source of microbes associated with accelerated low water corrosion?”, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 103, pp. 449–459, 2019.

J.L. Wood, A. Osman and S.A. Wade, “An efficient, cost-effective method for determining the growth rate of sulfate-reducing bacteria using spectrophotometry”, MethodsX 6, pp. 2248–2257, 2019.

S.A. Wade, A. Ang, R. Piola and W. Neil, “Microbiologically influenced corrosion of UNS N05500 in seawater immersion trial”, Materials Performance 57(4), pp. 66-69, 2018.

S.A. Wade and L.L. Blackall, “Development of a laboratory test for microbial involvement in accelerated low water corrosion”, Microbiology Australia 39(3) 170-172, 2018.

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil, G. McAdam and S.A. Wade, “Effect of sulphate-reducing bacteria on the microbiologically influenced corrosion of ten different metals using constant test conditions”, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 125, pp. 73-85, 2017.

S.A. Wade, M.A. Javed, E.A. Palombo, S.L. McArthur and P.R. Stoddart, “On the need for more realistic experimental conditions in laboratory-based microbiologically influenced corrosion testing”, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 121, pp. 97-106, 2017.

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil, G. McAdam and S.A. Wade, “Microbiologically influenced corrosion of copper and its alloys – A review”, Corrosion and Materials 42(4), pp. 89-93, 2017.

E.S. Gloag, L. Turnbull, M.A. Javed, H. Wang, M.L. Gee, S.A. Wade and C.B. Whitchurch, “Stigmergy co-ordinates multicellular collective behaviours during Myxococcus xanthus surface migration”, Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 26005, 2016.

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil, P.R. Stoddart and S.A. Wade, “Influence of carbon steel grade on the initial attachment of bacteria and microbiologically influenced corrosion”, Biofouling 32(1), pp. 109-122, 2016.

M.A. Javed, P.R. Stoddart and S.A. Wade, “Corrosion of carbon steel by sulphate reducing bacteria: Initial attachment and the role of ferrous ions”, Corrosion Science 93, pp. 48–57, 2015.

M.A. Javed, P.R. Stoddart, E.A. Palombo, S.L. McArthur and S.A. Wade, “Inhibition or acceleration: Bacterial test media can determine the course of microbiologically influenced corrosion”, Corr. Sci. 86, pp. 149–158, 2014.

E.S. Gloag, M.A. Javed, H. Wang, M.L. Gee, S.A. Wade, L. Turnbull and C.B Whitchurch, “Stigmergy: A key driver of self-organization in bacterial biofilms”, Communicative & Integrative Biology 6(6), p. 27557, 2013.

M.A. Javed, P.R. Stoddart, S.L. McArthur and S.A. Wade, “Effect of metal microstructure on initial attachment of Escherichia coli bacteria to 1010 carbon steel”, Biofouling 29(8), pp.939-952, 2013.