Chemical characterization and anticorrosion properties of corrosion products formed on pure copper in synthetic rainwater of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

R. P.B. Hernández, Z. Pászti, H. G. de Melo, I. V. Aoki

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This work aims to characterize corrosion products formed on copper samples exposed to synthetic rainwater of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. XRD and XPS were employed to determine their composition, while electrochemical techniques were used to evaluate their protective properties. XRD and XPS indicated the thickening of the corrosion layer with time. Electrochemical results showed that the protectiveness of the corrosion layer depends on the solution composition. Based on our findings a corrosion mechanism for copper in simulated rainwater is proposed where the role of NH4+ ions in the cuprite layer partial regeneration is taken into account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-837
Number of pages12
JournalCorrosion Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010



  • A: Copper
  • B: EIS
  • B: XPS
  • B: XRD
  • C: Atmospheric corrosion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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