Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Iris De Graeve (Master in Engineering Sciences: chemistry, 1995, VUB; PhD in Engineering Sciences, 2001, VUB) is professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in the research group of Electrochemical and Surface Engineering SURF, and part-time (10%) at Ghent University. She is teaching at VUB, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Ghent University courses on chemistry, materials science, electrochemistry, biometals and metal surface processing.


Her research focusses mainly on surface engineering and characterization of metals for the creation of functional properties. For this she works together with many national and international academic and industrial research partners. She has projects on anticorrosion coatings (plasma coatings, self-healing…), anodizing, chemical conversion processes, steel aluminizing, fundamental corrosion mechanisms (texture effects, liquid metal corrosion, H-embrittlement…), local electrochemical techniques (SVET/SIET, SECM, AFM-KP…), ‘new’ metal surface creation mechanisms (subsurface creation during metal rolling or extrusion, effects of recycling on surface properties, 3D metal printing…).

Aside from intensive R&D activities she is:

Education counselor in the faculty of Engineering Sciences VUB, active in student recruitment and member of several faculty committees.


Chairman of the international research group ISEC between VUB and TU-Delft.

Chairman of the Strategic Alliance research group MASS between VUB and UGent.

Scientific adviser for materials at VLAIO, FWO W&T3 and for the Solvay awards.

Member of the organizing committee of the International Symposium of Aluminium Surface Science and Technology (ASST editions 2000-2003-2006-2009 co-chairman-2012-2015-2018), the International Conference on Self-Healing Materials ICSHM2013, and the International conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development EESD2016.