Brian Patrick
Brian N. Patrick, Ph.D.
Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Patrick specializes in corrosion science, electrochemistry, and materials characterization. His specific expertise includes oil and gas corrosion, organic electrochemistry, corrosion testing, microgravimetry, thin film deposition techniques, and materials evaluation. He has extensive experience with optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electrochemical techniques, Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Patrick completed his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley, in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, where his research focused on understanding the corrosion mechanisms of refinery materials by naphthenic acids in crude oil. His research studied the effect of alloying on the corrosion resistance of refinery materials, as well as developed an electrochemical technique for detecting the presence and concentration of naphthenic acids in crude oil. Dr. Patrick also constructed several high temperature autoclaves for emulating refinery conditions in the lab during his graduate work. While at the University of California, Dr. Patrick served as the graduate student instructor for the upper division corrosion class for two years, as well as the graduate survey in materials science class for one year. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2010,

    (high honors)

Publications

Patrick BN, Chakravarti R, Devine TM. An acoustic microbalance study of high temperature naphthenic acid corrosion of common iron-alloying elements. Corrosion 2015; in press.

Patrick BN, Chakravarti R, Devine TM. Dynamic measurements of corrosion rates at high temperatures in high electrical resistivity media. Corrosion Science 2015 May; 94–103.

Chakravarti R, Patrick BN, Barney M, Kusinski G, Devine TM. Toward the mechanism of corrosion in crude oil: A study using vibrational spectroscopic techniques at elevated temperatures. Energy & Fuels 2013 Dec; 27(12):7905–7914.

Patrick B, Ham HC, Shao-Horn Y, Allard LF, Hwang GS, Ferreira PJ. Atomic structure and composition of ‘Pt3Co’ nanocatalysts in fuel cells: An aberration-corrected STEM HAADF study. Chemistry of Materials 2013; 25:530–535.

Technical Presentations 

Patrick BN, Chakravarti R, Devine TM. Mechanism of corrosion of iron and of ferrous alloying elements in high-temperature crude oil. Corrosion ’15, Dallas, TX, 2015.

Patrick BN, Chakravarti R, Devine TM. A crystal microbalance investigation of the corrosion of common alloying elements in oil with naphthenic acid. ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2014.

Patrick BN, Chakravarti R, Devine TM. In-situ corrosion rate measurements of iron in naphthenic acid media. Corrosion ’13, Orlando, FL, August 2013.

Professional Affiliations

NACE International

American Chemical Society—ACS

The Electrochemical Society—ECS

American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME

ASM International

The Materials Society—TMS

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2010,

    (high honors)