Effect of Benzotriazole on the Anodic Dissolution of Iron in the Presence of Fluid Flow

Richard Alkire, Antonia Cangellari

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The effect of benzotriazole (BTA) on repassivation of iron in IN H2S04 was investigated under controlled hydrodynamic conditions. The presence of BTA was found to reduce the solubility of iron sulfate and thus to enhance the ability of the system to repassivate by the dissolution-precipitation sequence. In addition, BTA was found to adsorb according to a Langmuir isotherm where the adsorption coefficient has a value, for the range of potential studied, which suggests that physical adsorption occurs. Repassivation experiments, carried out with a rotating disk system, were in agreement with theoretical predictions of flow conditions under which repassivation would, or would not, occur. It was concluded that the inhibiting action of benzotriazole in this system is caused both by adsorption, which shields a portion of the surface from experiencing the dissolution-precipitation sequence, and by lowering the solubility of the dissolution product, which speeds repassivation of the active sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2441-2446
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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