A researcher from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings.

The scientists started his research about two years ago while collaborating with graphene experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. His work on corrosion-resistant coatings attempts to help metal resist rust, thus offering a solution for microbial corrosion on infrastructure, which costs the U.S. nearly $1 billion annually, accounting for 20 to 40 percent of the nation's total corrosion costs.