Background and activities

Dr. Barnoush received the B.A. degree in extractive metallurgy of nonferrous alloys in 1997, and the M.Sc. degree in corrosion engineering in 1999, from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. After four years working in the industry as a consultant engineer in the field of corrosion and corrosion protection, he moved to Germany where he received his Ph.D. from Saarland University in Germany. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was “Hydrogen embrittlement revisited by in situ electrochemical nanoindentations”. After four years of research and teaching at Saarland University as a tenure-track (Habiltant) he moved to NTNU, Trondheim. His current research is centered on the development of novel nano and micro scale examination methods to study the environmental effects on mechanical properties.  

When asked to describe his research interests, Dr. Barnoush writes, "Degradation of materials mechanical properties under simultaneous effect of mechanical loading and environments like hydrogen embrittlement or stress corrosion cracking is a serious industrial problem which is responsible for large economic loss or even sometimes fatal accidents. The main challenge in gaining a better understanding of this phenomenon is its complex nature where microstructural and sub-microstructural evolution, chemical and electrochemical reactions, surface reactions as well as dislocation dynamics interplaying together. Therefore, a Multiscale interdisciplinary approach is required to tackle this problem and this what I devoted myself to.”

He describes that "While research has a very substantial role in my life, I cannot possibly envision a rewarding career without teaching. As a teacher, my goal is to infect the students' curiosity and interest for physics of materials and to inspire them to become future industry leaders and academics.


Research team website

Research interests

  • Nano and microscale characterization methods in materials science
  • Scanning probe microscopy-based techniques; AFM, EC-AFM, KPFM, C-AFM, and MFM.
  • Scanning electron microscopy based techniques; EBSD and ECCI.
  • Nano and micromechanical testing combined with in situ environmental effects.
  • Corrosion and electrochemical methods for corrosion.
  • Hydrogen embrittlement, HIC, HISC, HAC
  • Environmentally assisted fracture and fatigue
  • Multiscale computational materials science


Current Postdocs

Current Ph.D. students

Current projects

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Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications