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Electrochemical and corrosion properties of ZnO/Zn electrode in atmospheric environments
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production. (Institut de la Corrosion)
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production. (Institut de la Corrosion)
RISE, Swerea, KIMAB.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production. (Institut de la Corrosion)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, ISSN 1572-6657, Vol. 737, p. 129-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

ZnO films of different thicknesses were prepared by thermal oxidation of zinc. The oxide covered surfaces were characterized by Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP) and Scanning Kelvin Probe-Surface Photovoltage (SKP-SPV) techniques, Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS), contact angle measurements, and dc voltammetry. The influence of the thickness of ZnO on the absorption of the light, water and oxygen was evaluated. SKP and dc electrochemistry were used to estimate the mechanism of electron exchange between the zinc surface and an aqueous solution containing a red-ox system [Fe(CN)6]2-/[Fe(CN)6]3-. It was shown that ZnO/Zn electrodes with a thick ZnO film nobled the Volta potential that enhanced the electron transfer from the bulk zinc to the molecule of the oxidizer- [Fe(CN)6]3-. Atmospheric corrosion of oxidized zinc surface was investigated after deposition of a single droplet of NaCl aqueous electrolyte. Thicker ZnO films promote the oxygen reduction and the spreading area of the cathodic reaction from the local NaCl contamination. It enlarged the area of metal surface participating in the cathodic reaction and consequently accelerated the atmospheric corrosion. The ability to enhance the oxygen reduction was discussed from the point of view of the band structure and the semiconducting properties of the ZnO layer.

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Elsevier B.V. , 2015. Vol. 737, p. 129-140
Keywords [en]
Electron transfer, Photovoltage, Scanning Kelvin Probe, Zinc atmospheric corrosion, ZnO, Absorption spectroscopy, Atmospheric corrosion, Corrosion, Electrochemical electrodes, Electrochemistry, Electrodes, Electrolytic reduction, Electron transitions, Metallic films, Oxygen, Probes, Reduction, Scanning, Water absorption, Zinc, Aqueous electrolyte, Atmospheric environment, Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, Photo-voltage, Scanning Kelvin probes, Semi-conducting property, Zinc oxide
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-43895DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2014.07.029Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027937112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-43895DiVA, id: diva2:1395323
Available from: 2020-02-21 Created: 2020-02-21 Last updated: 2020-02-24Bibliographically approved

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