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Reference Laboratories
Corrosion and Protection of Materials Laboratory


Sharif University Campus Service Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection of Materials was established in 2005, following the formation of the Corrosion Department of Sharif University Campus, the admission of students into the master’s level this field, and the high demand of the region to investigate the corrosive environments of the constructive and industrial structures in the atmosphere and waters of the Persian Gulf.

Aims of the Laboratory 

1. To examine and inspect the corrosive processes in the sea water environment.
2. To provide controlling for protection of the constructive and industrial structures in the sea water environment.
3. To educate and train master students.
4. To inspect and select suitable materials for application, with regard to the corrosive environments of the island.

Capabilities and Facilities

The laboratory is not only supported by scientific and experienced staff members, but is also equipped with modern instruments and equipment in order to provide reliable service tests and conduct applied researched projects. The available instruments and equipment available include:
• Sample Preparation Equipment
• Optical Microscope
• Micro hardness Tester
• Image Analysis System for Metallography
• Salt Spray Tester
• Thickness Measurement Instrument
• Polarization, EIS and Voltammetry Systems
• Paint and other Coating Measurement Instruments
• Electrochemical Accelerated Testing Systems
• Biological Corrosion Media
• H2S Corrosion Testing Instrument
• Corrosion of Concrete Structures Testing and Trucing instruments
• Production and Characterization for Nanostructure Coatings In addition, the laboratory is able to use the laboratory services of the Chemical Analysis Laboratory for Spectrophotometry and FT-IR.

Research Activities Conducted by SUTIC 
Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection of Materials:

1. The Study of Biological Corrosion of Marine Structures
2. Hydrogen Cracking Tests in H2S
3. Potent ion Dynamic and Static Polarization Case Studies
4. Standard Salt Spray Tests
5. Humidity Tests of Several Coatings
6. Corrosion Studies in Several Gases
7. Immersion Corrosion Tests at Low and High Temperatures
8. Stress Corrosion Cracking Studies (SCC, HIC, SSC, etc.)
9. Galvanizing Coatings Studies
10. Nanostructure Coatings Research Studies
11. Corrosion Studies of Metals and Alloys in Marine Environments
Food and Cosmetic Quality Control Laboratory


Control laboratory for food, health & cosmetic products was established in 1994. This laboratory is responsible to guarantee the quality of both imported and exported goods to and from the island. This facility is accredited with the Iranian Institute of Standards and has scientific collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

• To inspect and control the quality of imported and exported products, in order to meet national and international standards
• Quality controlling of imported products to comply with compulsory standards
• Quality controlling of exported products to comply with compulsory standards
• To test and ensure that product samples comply with standards specifications in order to be granted the relevant certificates
• To suspend imports of low-quality products and to supports domestic supplier’s high-quality products
• To guarantee the quality of the products for residences and tourists information
• To provide necessary information to client, as the only scientific and reference laboratory on the island
• To provide training and educational service for the technical and non-technical laboratory staff
• To provide the exporters and importers with consultation services
• To conduct applied research projects focusing particularly on the scientific issues of Kish Island
• To recommend effective procedures in order to eliminate quality defects based on national and international standards

• Inspecting and ensuring that the quality of the food, cosmetic, and health care products comply with national and international standards.
• Analyzing the chemical and physical qualities of the products.
• Providing advice on the selection of standards.
• Performing microbiology testes on water, food, cosmetic, and health care samples.
• Issuing quality control certificates for the importing and exporting origins.
• Providing educational training for technical and on-technical staff.
• Cooperating with supervisory organizations like as  veterinary office, custom, standard office, Kish industrial
• Organizing environmental health, veterinary, and water and power organizations in on the island 
• Controlling food, cosmetics and health care products.

Tests Available
• Ash
• Moisture (rapid test)
• Preservatives
• Color additives
• Caffeine content in soft drink
• Analysis (includes: water, sulfate, chloride, TDS, hardness and soil)
• Standard nutritional labeling (includes: protein, fat, saturated fat, • carbohydrate, sodium and calcium, total dietary)
• Saturated determination and characteristics of industrial products.
• Saturated determination of edible oils and its components.
• Grain and grain products.
• Dairy and milk products.
• Meat and poultry products.
• Juices and juice concentrate products.
• Microbiology tests (includes: aerobic plate count, coli forms, e-coli, streptococcus Sp. , staphylococcus Sp. , clostridium Sp. , yeast and mold counts)
• Alcohol content in suspicious samples.

Laboratory Equipment and Supplies
• Gas chromatograph
• FT-IR (furrier transformer-infrared)
• Atomic absorption spectrophotometer 
• UV-visible spectrophotometer
• Refractometer 
• Polarimeter
• Viscometer
• Melting point testing instruments
• Lactometer
• Centrifuge
• Moisture analyzers
• Electronic balance (readability:0.1)
• Electrical oven
• Rotoraporator
• Nitrogen analyzer (Kjeldal systems)

Prospective Plans
• To provide the laboratory with more modern equipment and facilities.
• To implement a new laboratory as the toxicity laboratory, within the quality control laboratory.
• To join the “supervisory laboratory network“ of the ministry of health, and medical treatment of the Islamic republic of Iran.
• To update the scientific references of the laboratory.
• To provide the technical staff with additional educational training.
• To expand the services though consultations and training.

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