Yolanda Hedberg


Contact Information

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: ChB 126
Labs: ChB 210
Phone (Office): 86248 
E-mail: yhedberg@uwo.ca

Inorganic and Physical Teaching Divisions

Chemical Biology and Biomaterials

Corrosion Science

Group Website, Research Gate, Web of Science


M.Sc., Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Ph.D., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Postdoc, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Docent (habilitation), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


  • Fred Beamish Award for innovations in analytical chemistry, Chemical Society of Canada (2024)
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award (2024)
  • Outstanding Emerging Scholar, Western Research Excellence Awards (2023)
  • Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars (2020)
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Corrosion Science (2020)
  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Future Research Leader (2020)
  • Publons Peer-Review Award (2017)
  • Publons Sentinel of Science Award (2016)
  • Electrochemical Society Morris Cohen Award (2014)
  • Nordic Award for Surface and Colloid Chemistry (2014)
  • Cusanuswerk Ph.D. scholarship (2009)


The long-term goal of our research is to predict corrosion and surface reactions of relevance for health, environmental, and societal safety. No material is completely inert. When in contact with different environments, interfacial reactions can result in different adverse effects, such as allergic reactions, neurodegenerative diseases, environmental pollution, or material failure.

Our research explores the dynamic interactions between biological, often protein-rich, environments and different materials, such as metallic implant materials, metal nanoparticles, welding fume nanoparticles, and materials and products containing sensitizing substances. This is accomplished by material, surface, particle, and solution analytical tools, using different spectroscopic, microscopic, and electrochemical methods.

Our knowledge is applied to assist in hazard and risk assessment of different materials, to increase work environment safety, to develop safer materials and products, to improve the treatment of diseases, and to mitigate corrosion failures.

Examples of research projects:

  • Protein-involved corrosion of relevance for implant materials, food industry, pharmaceutical industry, and biological environments
  • Corrosion and reactivity of metal nanoparticles of relevance for health risk assessments
  • Corrosion protection of metals (Carbon to Metal Coating Institute)
  • Hazard assessments of different metals, alloys, powders, and nanoparticles at work
  • Chemical and material aspects of skin allergies, especially allergic contact dermatitis to metals


Link to full publications list on Google Scholar