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Phillip Kingsbery


Mineralogy Petrology Group

PhD Candidate

Malteserstr. 74-100
Room L637
12249 Berlin

Professional Experience

since 08/2019

Research assistant and PhD student at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

11/2018 - 11/2019

Internship and master thesis at Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, Germany


10/2016 - 03/2019

Graduate student in Material Science at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

Thesis: “Dilatometric studies on the influence of the hot rolling process and cooling on the microstructure of high strength microalloyed steels.”

Supervisors: PD Dr.-Ing. Helmut Klein, Dr.-Ing. Ingwer Denks

10/2013 - 10/2016

Undergraduate student in Material Science at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

Thesis: “Texture and microstructure analysis of ferritic steels”

Supervisors: PD Dr.-Ing. Helmut Klein, Dr. Heidrun Sowa

Current research interests

With an increasing effort to acquire renewable energy sources, an effort is being made to fuel powerplants with biomass instead of coal. The change of the fuel source, however, presents new challenges to the materials used in the powerplants. Since biofuel contains a significantly larger amount of H2O and Cl2 than coal does, different chemical reactions take place, rendering the usually protective Fe-Cr steels ineffective. This causes major degradation of the steel, making frequent replacements necessary.

The goal of my project is to understand the fundamentals of this hot temperature corrosion in wet and/or chloride bearing atmospheres.

Information gained through SEM, XRD and Synchrotron radiation will be used to develop a corrosion model, describing the growth kinetics of the resulting corrosion layers and how the initial chemical composition influences the corrosion.

Current Grants

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): „Degradation and protection phenomena of high alloyed Fe-Cr alloys in hot, multi-component gas systems“

Kingsbery, P., Stephan-Scherb, C. (2022). Effect of KCl deposits in high-temperature corrosion on chromium-rich steels in SO₂-containing atmosphere. Materials and Corrosion. https://doi.org/10.1002/maco.202112901