Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.575, 140-149, 2020
A self-healing superamphiphobic coating for efficient corrosion protection of magnesium alloy
Magnesium alloys have many excellent properties, but the poor corrosion resistance seriously hinders their widespread applications. Here, we report a self-healing superamphiphobic coating for efficient corrosion protection of magnesium alloy by the combination of a compact self-healing epoxy resin (SHEP) coating and a porous superamphiphobic coating. The coating shows (i) excellent superamphiphobicity with high contact angle, low sliding angle and robust impact/bounce behavior, (ii) excellent anti-corrosion performance as demonstrated by the potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and (iii) excellent self-healing performance as proved by the scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. This is owing to synergistic effect of the bi-layer structure. Furthermore, the healed coating retained excellent anti-corrosion performance according to the immersion test and neutral salt spray test. This is because the SHEP layer can effectively drive repair of microstructure of the superamphiphobic layer, and then recover of superamphiphobicity. Therefore, the contact area and contact time of corrosive solutions with the pristine and healed coatings are limited, which efficiently prevents diffusion of corrosive substances such as water, chloride ions and oxygen. The self-healing superamphiphobic coating may find applications in protection of various metal alloys. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.