Mitigation of corrosion of zinc with amylopectin: Electrochemical, adsorption, and surface studies

Mikitha Pais, Padmalatha Rao

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Carbohydrate polymers are proven to be potential green corrosion inhibitors because of their outstanding structural features and eco-friendliness. Work undertaken reflects the effectiveness of biopolymer amylopectin (AMP) as an eco-friendly green inhibitor to mitigate the deterioration of zinc in 0.1 M sulphamic acid (NH2SO3H). Electrochemical studies like potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were applied for corrosion rate measurement in the absence and presence of AMP. Thermodynamic and kinetic parameters were calculated and described in detail. The results were fitted into a suitable adsorption isotherm model, and an appropriate mechanism was proposed for the corrosion inhibition process. A detailed surface morphology study was done using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron-dispersive X-ray (EDX), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The inhibition efficacy of AMP increased with an increase in its concentration and temperature. Upon the addition of the inhibitor, corrosion potential shifted more towards the positive side, indicating more control of the anodic process. The adsorption of AMP over zinc conformed to the Freundlich adsorption isotherm. For the concentration of 0.1 gL−1, maximum corrosion inhibition efficiency of 74% could be accomplished. Surface studies reaffirmed the adsorption of AMP on the surface of the metal. Thus, AMP turned out to be an effective green inhibitor with economic benefits.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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