Dante Battocchi received a degree of doctor in materials engineering from the University of Trento in Trento, Italy, followed by a master’s degree in polymers and coatings and a PhD in materials and nanotechnology from North Dakota State University (NDSU-Fargo, N.D.). He is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings.

Dr. Battocchi's work includes technology scouting and product development from the lab to manufacturing. He is co-inventor of the patented Mg-Rich Primer that resulted in the Aluma45TM coating systems and led the formulation of BronzeShieldTM and MagnaShieldTM. Dr. Battocchi leads all research and development at Elinor as well as corrosion and surface protection consulting for other entities. 

Dr. Battocchi teaches corrosion at North Dakota State University and was previously the Associate Director of the NDSU Center for Surface Protection, a research center in which the university partners with private sector companies to do material research. At NDSU, his work included development and optimization of coatings for aluminum and steel, as well as electrochemical analysis and characterization of corrosion events and protective coatings. His published work includes articles in journals such as Corrosion Science, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Progress in Organic Coatings and numerous conference proceedings. He previously served as an agent with the Italian State Police.

Publications (peer reviewed journals)

  1. “Waterbased fluorourethanes evaluated at wind turbine blade topcoats,” Mehdi Durali, Kurt  Wood, Dante Battocchi and Mark Hatzenbeller. European Coatings Journal, October 2011,  pp. 30-34

2      Analysis of (Zn+Mg) pigment mixtures in Metal –rich corrosion protective primers for Steel” Dante Battocchi, G.P. Bierwagen, M. Hatzenbeller, L. Fitzgerald, S. Porter. Corrosion, 2012

3      “Cathodic Corrosion Protection Performance of Mg-Rich Primers: Effect of Pigment Shape and Pigment Volume Concentration,” J. Nie, M. C. Yan, J. Wang, D. E. Tallman, D. Battocchi, G. P. Bierwagen. ECS Transactions, 24, 1, 2010, 261-275 

4      “An investigation of the effects of polymer binder compositional variables on the corrosion control of aluminum alloys using magnesium-rich primers," Jun Li, Jie He, Bret J. Chisholm, Missy Stafslien, Dante Battocchi, Gordon P. Bierwagen. Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 7, 6, 2010, 757-764

5        Real-Time Monitoring of a United States Air Force Topcoat/Mg-Rich Primer System in ASTM B117 Exposure by Embedded Electrodes," K. N. Allahar, D. Wang, D. Battocchi, G. P. Bierwagen, S. Balbyshev. Corrosion, 66, 7, 2010, 075003-075003-11

6      SVET method for characterizing anti-corrosion performance of metal-rich coatings,” Maocheng Yan, Victoria J. Gelling, Brian R. Hinderliter, Dante Battocchi, Dennis E. Tallman, Gordon P. Bierwagen. Corrosion Science, 52, 8, 2010, 2636-2642

7      “Embedded Reference Electrode for Potential-Monitoring of Cathodic Protective Systems,” Bobbi E. Merten, Dante Battocchi, Dennis Tallman and Gordon Bierwagen, Journal of the. Electrochemical Society, 157, 7, (2010), pp. C244-C247

8      “Thermal stability of magnesium-rich primers based on glycidyl carbamate resins," Neena Ravindran, Dipak K. Chattopadhyay, Autumn Zakula, Dante Battocchi, Dean C. Webster, Gordon P. Bierwagen. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 95, 7, 2010, 1160-1166

9      “Active Metal-Based Corrosion Protective Coating Systems for Aircraft Requiring No Chromate Pretreatment," G. Bierwagen, R. Brown, D. Battocchi and S. Hayes. Progress in Organic Coatings, 67, 2, 2010, 195-208

10    “Transmission Line Modeling of EIS Data for a Mg-Rich Primer on AA 2024-T3,”  Kerry N. Allahar, Dante Battocchi, Gordon P. Bierwagen, and Dennis E. Tallman. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 157, 2010, C95 C101

11    “In situ monitoring of a Mg-rich primer beneath a topcoat exposed to Prohesion conditions,”  D. Wang, D.Battocchi, S. Balbyshev, K.Allahar, G.Bierwagen. Corrosion Science, 52, 2, 2010, 441-448

12    “The Use of Mg Alloys as Pigments in Mg-rich Primers For Protecting Al Alloys,” H. Xu, D. Battocchi, D E. Tallman, G. P. Bierwagen. Corrosion, 65, 5, 2009, 318-325

13    “Thermal Degradation of a Mg-Rich Primer on AA 2024-T3,” Kerry N. Allahar, Dante Battocchi, Gordon Bierwagen, Dennis Tallman. ECS Transactions, 19 (29), 75 (2009)

14    “Embedded Reference Electrode for Potential-Monitoring of Cathodic Protective Systems”Bobbi Jo E. Merten, Dante Battocchi, Dennis Tallman, Gordon Bierwagen. ECS Transactions, 19, 29, 2009, 223-232

15    “Assessment of the corrosion protection of aluminium substrates by a Mg-rich primer: EIS, SVET and SECM study,” Alda Simões, Dante Battocchi, Dennis Tallman, Gordon Bierwagen. Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 63, Issue 3, 2008, 260-266

16    "Modeling of Electrochemical Impedance Data of a Magnesium-Rich Primer," K. Allahar, D. Battocchi, M.Orazem, G. Bierwagen, D. Tallman. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 155, 10, 2008, E143-E149

17    “SVET and SECM imaging of cathodic protection of aluminum by a Mg-rich coating, M. Simões, D. Battocchi, D. E. Tallman, G. P. Bierwagen. Corrosion Science, 49, 10, 2007, 3838-3849

18    “The use of multiple electrochemical techniques to characterize Mg-rich primers for Al alloys,” Gordon Bierwagen, Dante Battocchi, Alda Simões, Anthony Stamness, Dennis Tallman. Progress in Organic Coatings, 59, 3, 2007, 172-178

19    “Comparison of testing solutions on the protection of Al-alloys using a Mg-rich primer,” D. Battocchi, A. M. Simões, D. E. Tallman, G. P. Bierwagen. Corrosion Science, 48, 8, 2006, 2226-2240

20    “Electrochemical behaviour of a Mg-rich primer in the protection of Al alloys,” D. Battocchi, A. M. Simões, D. E. Tallman, G. P. Bierwagen. Corrosion Science, 48, 5, 2006, 1292-1306

21    “Emulation and study of the corrosion behavior of Al alloy 2024 T3 using a Wire Beam Electrode (WBE) in conjunction with Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET),” D. Battocchi, J. He, G.P. Bierwagen, D.E. Tallman. Corrosion Science, 47, 2005 1165-1176


Analysis of (Zn+Mg) pigment mixtures in Metal –rich corrosion protective primers for Steel.” Dante Battocchi, G.P. Bierwagen, M. Hatzenbeller, L. Fitzgerald, S. Porter. NACE 2012, 11-15 March 2012, Salt Lake City, USA

“Electrochemical study of the galvanic interaction of a Mg-rich primer and its Al substrate.” Dante Battocchi, Nick Richter, Maochen Yan, Gordon Bierwagen. NACE2010, 14-18 March 2010, San Antonio TX, USA

“Observations on the testing of Mg-rich Primers for Totally Chromate – free Corrosion Protection of Aerospace Alloys.” Gordon Bierwagen, Roger Brown, Dante Battocchi, Scott Hayes, 2009 DOD Corrosion Conference (http://www.paintsquare.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Testing_Mg-rich_primers-NDSU-Bierwagon.pdf) 

“Real time monitoring of an Air Force topcoat/Primer system in B117 Exposure by Embedded Electrodes.” Kerry N. Allahar, Duhua Wang, Dante Battocchi, Gordon P. Bierwagen. CORROSION 2009, March 22 - 26, 2009 , Atlanta, GA

“The use effect of residual Chromate pretreatment on the electrochemical behavior of  a Mg rich primer.” Dante Battocchi Kerry Allahar, Gordon Bierwagen. Eurocorr2008, 8-10 September, Edinburgh, Scotland

“The use of embedded sensors to monitor the performances of a Mg rich primer on Al 2024T3.” Dante Battocchi Kerry Allahar, Gordon Bierwagen. Eurocorr2008, 8-10 September, Edinburgh, Scotland

“The use of Mg alloys as pigments in Mg rich primers.” Hong Xu, Dante Battocchi, Gordon Bierwagen. NACE2008, New Orleans, USA

“Further Studies of Embedded Electrodes for In-Situ Measurement of Corrosion Protective Properties of Organic Coatings.”  Kerry Allahar, Gordon P. Bierwagen, Quan Su, Dennis E. Tallman, Dante Battochi, North Dakota State University. CORROSION 2006, March 12 - 16 2006, San Diego CA

“Examination of Mg-rich coatings based on inorganic binders by EIS.” Gordon Bierwagen, Duhua Wang, Dante Battocchi, Kerry Allahar, Dennis Tallman. EIS2007, June 4-8 2007, Argeles sur mer, France. Keynote Speaker

Particle size influence on the electrochemical behavior of a Mg-rich primer.” Dante Battocchi, Kerry N. Allahar, G. P. Bierwagen,P PD. E. Tallman. EIS2007, June 4-8 2007, Argeles sur mer, France

“Mg-rich primer for totally Chromate free protective system on Al alloys.” Dante Battocchi, Gordon Bierwagen, Dennis Tallman, Roger Brown, Mark Zentner. THE NURENBERG CONGRESS (European coating meeting/expo),  May 7-9 2007, Nuremberg, Germany. Invited speaker.

The use of multiple electrochemical techniques to characterize Mg-rich primers for Al alloys.” Dante Battocchi, G. P. Bierwagen, A. Stamness, D. E. Tallman, A. M. Simoes. COSI2006 (Coatings Science International),  June 26-30 2006, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Electrochemical behavior of Mg-rich primer for aircraft alloys.” D. Battocchi, G. P. Bierwagen, A. Stamness, PD. E. Tallman, A.M. Simões. First  World Congress on Corrosion in the Military, June 2005, Sorrento, Italy. Invited speaker.

“Mg-rich primer for chromate free protective systems on Al 2024 and Al 7075.” Dante Battocchi, Gordon Bierwagen, Alda Simões, Anthony Stamness, Dennis Tallman. EuroCorr2005,  4-8 September 2005, Lisbon, Portugal

“Quantitative Microscale Studies of Corrosion Protective Coatings Damage Protection.” Dante Battocchi, Gordon Bierwagen, Dennis Tallman, Jie He. EuroCorr2005, 4-8 September 2005, Lisbon, Portugal 


Magnesium Technology 2013, pp 163–168. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. ISBN: 9781118605523DOI: 10.1002/9781118663004 “The Use of AC-DC-AC Methods in Assessing Corrosion Resistance Performance of Coating Systems for Magnesium Alloys.”  Robert C. McCune, Vinod Upadhyay, Yar-Ming Wang, Dante Battocchi

New Developments in Coatings Technology, Chapter 2, pp 8–23. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 962, ISBN13: 9780841239630eISBN: 9780841220805 “Scanning Probe Studies of Active Coatings for Corrosion Control of Al Alloys.” Jie He, Dante Battocchi, Alda M. Simões, Dennis E. Tallman, Gordon P. Bierwagen

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