Surface modification of passive iron by alkyl-phosphonic acid layers

A. Paszternák, S. Stichleutner, I. Felhosi, Z. Keresztes, F. Nagy, E. Kuzmann, A. Vértes, Z. Homonnay, G. Peto, E. Kálmán

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Phosphonate layer formation on passive iron surface has been investigated by electrochemical, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. Electrochemical methods revealed that the prepassivation of iron surface results in stabilization of the phosphonate layer exhibiting favorable corrosion resistance. The rate of anodic dissolution is continuously decreasing due to the time-dependent formation of a protective phosphonate layer. The large Rct values of 1-20 MΩ cm2 indicate rather high blocking effect of metal dissolution by the phosphonate layer. The phosphonate layer formation has been also followed by the decrease of capacitance. CEMS investigations were carried out to evaluate the differences in the composition of the passive layer as a result of the phosphonate treatment. Mössbauer spectroscopy indicated the presence of iron phosphonate. Changes in morphology due to the phosphonate layer formation have been observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007


  • AFM
  • CEMS
  • Impedance spectroscopy
  • Passive film
  • Phosphonate layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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