39. Microbiological Corrosion of Metallic Materials

  1. R. Winston Revie
  1. J.-D. Gu1,
  2. T. E. Ford2 and
  3. R. Mitchell3

Published Online: 19 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470872864.ch39

Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition

Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition

How to Cite

Gu, J.-D., Ford, T. E. and Mitchell, R. (2011) Microbiological Corrosion of Metallic Materials, in Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition (ed R. W. Revie), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470872864.ch39

Editor Information

  1. CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Biological Science, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

  2. 2

    University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA

  3. 3

    Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470080320

Online ISBN: 9780470872864



  • microbiological corrosion of metallic materials - microorganisms, forming complex biofilm communities on metal surfaces;
  • aerobic microorganisms, role in corrosion - sulfur bacteria, iron and manganese-depositing and slime-producing bacteria, fungi and algae;
  • bacteria's role in embrittlement of metallic materials - methanogens, sulfidogens and acetogens, capable of hydrogen utilization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Microbial biofilms

  • Aerobic corrosion

  • Anaerobic corrosion

  • Alternating aerobic and anaerobic conditions

  • Corrosion by microbial exopolymers

  • Microbial hydrogen embrittlement

  • Corrosion by other microbial metabolites

  • Preventive measures

  • Conclusions

  • References