Potentiometric scanning electrochemical microscopy for the local characterization of the electrochemical behaviour of magnesium-based materials

Javier Izquierdo, Lívia Nagy, István Bitter, Ricardo M. Souto, Géza Nagy

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The applicability of scanning electrochemical microscopy for the local detection and quantification of relevant species participating in the corrosion of magnesium-based materials is presented. The iron-magnesium galvanic pair exposed to aqueous NaCl solution was adopted as model system for this purpose. Mg2+ ion concentration and pH profiles were investigated using ion selective electrodes, containing a liquid membrane and Sb/Sb2O 3 as sensor elements, respectively. Oxygen consumption at the substrate related to the cathodic reaction was also monitored with the antimony-based electrode though operated amperometrically. Data show a major production of hydroxyl anions at the cathodic sites as result of the oxygen reduction half-reaction, whereas in the vicinity of the magnesium surface pH is greatly affected by the anodic dissolution process instead. The later produces the release of metal cations accompanied by hydrogen evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-293
Number of pages11
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013



  • Antimony electrode
  • Ion selective micropipettes
  • Magnesium
  • Potentiometric SECM
  • pH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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