Corrosion research



Copper and Nickel Deposition 1/3 – Introduction

This series of articles and corresponding experiment aims to provide an introduction to electrochemical experiments. This series in particular is meant to facilitate a transition from what is taught in most schools and the slightly more advanced level of potentiostatic experiments.


Coating Research in Food Industry

In this section it is explained why Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) is a suitable technique to perform research on coatings meant for food storage. Furthermore, it will be explain how to estimate the time until an unacceptable resistance of the coating is reached based on EIS measurements. During the calculations also the order of the reaction leading to the failing of the coating and the reaction rate will be determined.

Bode and Nyquist Plot

In this chapter the two main ways of visualizing Electrochemical Impedance Spectra (EIS), the Nyquist and Bode plot, are presented and it is explained how different EIS of easy electronic circuits will be plotted in the Bode and Nyquist plot. This demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of the two plots as well as serving as a foundation to understand the analysis of EIS by utilizing equivalent circuits.

Troubleshooting on potentiostat experiments

Here are some general comments on trouble shooting that are valid for any experiment. We made this list to enable even not very experienced users to find the sources of trouble as soon as possible to keep the frustration level for you and coworkers as low as possible.

Polarization Curves: setup, recording, processing and features

In this extensive section Polarization Curves are discussed. How to setup your equipment, the choice of parameters as well as the data processing is discussed. This will enable you to record a polarization curve and extract the corrosion rate from it by using PSTrace 5. Furthermore, the polarization curves and Evan’s diagrams for passivation films (thick and thin) are discussed. This section closes with a brief description of crevice and pitting corrosion.