Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.582, 342-352, 2021
Development of a nanostructured film based on samarium (III)/polydopamine on the steel surface with superior anti-corrosion and water-repellency properties
Hypothesis: The application of various hydrophobic/superhydrophobic coatings on the surface of metals has become the hot topic of the recent studies. The corrosion protection effectiveness and environmental issues are two important factors that should be taken into consideration when developing advanced surface coatings. Recently, the rare-earth elements (i.e., samarium) and biopolymers (i.e., polydopamine) have attracted much attention in the metals' corrosion control field. Experiments: The Sm(NO3)(3) containing solution was sprayed to the steel (St-12) sheets. Then, the Smmodified plates were post-modified by polydopamine biopolymers that were synthesized by the self polymerization (using tris (hydroxymethyl) aminomethane as a buffer), and oxidant-induced (using CuSO4 as an oxidant) approaches. The structural analysis was carried out by different techniques such as contact angle (CA) test. Moreover, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization tests were performed to investigate the anti-corrosion performance of various samples. Findings: The CA test results revealed that by applying the nanostructured Sm-based film, the surface of the metal becomes near superhydrophobic (CA > 140 degrees). EIS results evidenced the significant impact of the post-treatment of the Sm-treated samples by polydopamine (PDA) nanoparticles (NPs) on its corrosion protection ability enhancement. Also, the polarization test results confirmed that all treatments could retard the corrosion of steel via a mixed-type inhibition mechanism. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Bio-compatible film;Superhydrophobic surface;Nanostructured film;Anti-corrosion;Polydopamine biopolymer