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Electrochemical behaviour of chromium-graphene composite coating

Rekha, MY and Kumar, Punith MK and Srivastava, Chandan (2016) Electrochemical behaviour of chromium-graphene composite coating. In: RSC ADVANCES, 6 (67). pp. 62083-62090.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ra06509k


This work illustrates the role of graphene in enhancing the corrosion resistant properties of chromium-graphene composite coating when compared to the corrosion resistant properties of pure chromium coating containing ZnO nanoparticles. Chromium based coatings have been used extensively due to their various useful attributes such as corrosion and wear resistance and enhanced surface finish. In this work, Cr and Cr-graphene composite coatings were electrodeposited over mild steel substrate using Cr(III) plating bath. To deposit the coatings, an electrodeposition method was also adopted due to its attributes such as low cost, less equipment intensive methodology, accuracy of reproduction and suitability for large scale surface modification. Three different coatings were produced: (a) Cr coating containing ZnO nanoparticles (C), (b) Cr coating containing ZnO nanoparticles deposited using formic acid (C-F) and (c) Cr coating containing ZnO nanoparticles and graphene deposited using formic acid (C-FG). Graphene used in the deposition process was produced from the electrochemical exfoliation of graphite in sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) electroactive media. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using the precipitation method followed by calcination. Microstructural characterization of the coatings revealed that the coating `C' contained large cracks. Addition of formic acid (in the coating C-F) noticeably reduced the cracks in the coating which now also contained hillock structures. Addition of graphene (in coating C-FG) further enhanced the coating morphology which now contained negligible cracks and increased hillock structures completely covering its surface. Diffraction analysis revealed that the addition of graphene also altered the texture of the chromium coatings. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic analysis revealed that the change in the morphology and microstructure of the deposit due to the addition of graphene substantially enhanced the corrosion resistance of the C-FG coating when compared to both C and C-F coatings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: RSC ADVANCES
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 10:39
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 10:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/54431

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