Direct modification of a passivated iron electrode with alkyltriethoxysilanes for preventing passive film breakdown in a borate buffer containing 0.1 M of chloride ion

Kunitsugu Aramaki, Tadashi Shimura

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A passive film on an iron electrode was modified with alkyltriethoxysilanes directly. In order to examine the protective ability of the modified passive film against breakdown, the pitting potential, Epit was measured by anodic polarization of the modified electrode in a borate buffer solution (pH 8.49) containing 0.1 M of Cl-. The value of Epit for the modified electrode shifted in the positive direction from that of the unmodified electrode, indicating prevention of passive film breakdown. The modified passive film was not broken down in the passive and transpassive regions of polarization curve in some cases. However, many current spikes appeared in the all curves of the modified electrodes. The modified surface of passivated electrode was characterized by X-ray photoelectron and FTIR reflection spectroscopies and contact angle measurement. There were defects and clusters of associated water within the modified film and hence, Cl- could permeate through the defects, leading to appearance of current spikes and occurrence of breakdown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2332-2347
Number of pages16
JournalCorrosion Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug



  • A. Iron
  • B. Polarization
  • B. XPS
  • C. Passive films
  • C. Polymer coatings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Metals and Alloys

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