Scanning electrochemical microscopy for the investigation of corrosion processes: Measurement of Zn 2+ spatial distribution with ion selective microelectrodes

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

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Ion-selective microelectrodes can be employed as tips in scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) for chemical imaging of corrosion processes. They present higher chemical selectivity than conventional amperometric microdisks, and may be the only effective option to visualize the dissolution of metals with negative redox potentials in aqueous environments when the use of Pt microelectrodes is limited by the onset of oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution reactions. A robust micro-sized ion selective electrode has been developed which allows the spatial distribution of Zn 2+ during galvanic corrosion of a model Fe/Zn couple to be investigated using SECM. Owing to the low internal contact potential achieved with the novel design, the resistance of the micropipette electrodes is only fractions of the resistance of conventional micropipette electrodes of the same size. As a result, no special shielding of the microelectrodes is required and higher scanning rate can be used for scanning in the potentiometric modes using these micropipette tips. Concentration profiles over corroding surfaces measured with this technique will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012



  • Galvanic corrosion
  • Ion selective microelectrode
  • Potentiometric operation
  • Scanning electrochemical microscopy
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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