The first year of the master program in Electrochemistry and Electroplating

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Sought-after experts – the Technische Universität Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau) offers a master program in Electrochemistry and Electroplating

Being a small but well-established university located in the centre of Germany, the TU Ilmenau is widely known for its combination of a high standard of training, a convincing campus and a personal atmosphere, thus representing a very pleasant and attractive place of study.

Technische Universität Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau). © ari

Technische Universität Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau).
© ari

One year ago, the university extended its rich and mainly engineering-oriented profile by a new master program in Electro- chemistry and Electroplating (four semesters), behind which there is a whole industry represented by the German Central Association of Surface Engineering (Zentral-verband Oberflächentechnik, ZVO). The master course aims to develop highly qualified professionals as junior staff for the electroplating and surface treatment industry. Continue reading…

Magnetic property and corrosion resistance of electrodeposited nanocrystalline cobalt-nickel alloys

Fig. 3: SEM micrographs Co-Ni coatings deposited at (a) 2.0 A dm-2 (b) 4.0 A dm-2 (c) 6.0A dm-2 (d) 8.0 A dm-2, from optimal bath

In the present investigation we have galvanostatically synthesized Co-Ni nanocrystalline alloys on copper substrate. The effect of current density (c.d.) on composition, surface morphology and phase structure were studied for explaining the magnetic and corrosion resistance of the alloy. The bath found to exhibit the preferential deposition of less noble Co than Ni, and at no conditions of c.d., the deposition has changed from anomalous to normal type. Surface morphology and structural characteristics of the deposits were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. As composition of the alloy varied, consequent to the c.d. a change of hexagonal close packing structure (hcp) to face centered cubic structure (fcc) was observed. Finally, the conditions responsible for peak magnetic property and corrosion resistance were optimized. Factors responsible for improved functional properties were explained in terms of surface morphology and crystalline grain size of the coatings.


    

The Use of Molybdate, Chromate and Tungstate Anions as Corrosion Inhibitors for Steel in Sulfide Polluted Salt Water

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The inhibiting effect of molybdate, chromate, and tungstate salts on the corrosion of steel used in sanitation plants was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and electrochemical frequency modulation (EFM) techniques. The sulfide polluted salt water was simulated by a 3.5 % NaCl and 16 ppm Na2S solution. The results revealed that these inorganic anions are very good inhibitors. Potentiodynamic polarization curves indicated an anodic-type inhibition. The increased concentration of inorganic compounds increases the inhibition; at 250 ppm concentration the inhibition efficiency reached to 95 %, 91.6 %, and 87.5 % for MoO42-, CrO42-, and WO42-, respectively. The adsorption of the inhibitors on the metal surface basically obeys the Langmuir adsorption isotherm equation. Results of EIS measurements suggested that the dissolution of the steel occurs under activation control, and a passive film is probably formed on the metal surface. The electrochemical kinetic parameters calculated from EFM spectra confirm the polarization data.


    

Electrodeposition and electrocatalytic performance of Ni-Co alloy

Fig. 1: Customized tubular three electrode cell with provision to collect liberated O2/H2 on electrode surface

The electrodeposition of Ni-Co alloy coatings on pure copper has been carried out at different current densities (c.d.) from an aqueous sulphate bath at room temperature. The effects of c.d. on deposit characters such as composition, hardness and thickness have been studied. The electrodeposited Ni-Co coatings were tested for their electro-catalytic behaviors, namely for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 6M KOH by cyclic voltammetry and chrono-potentiometry techniques. The surface morphology and phase structure of the deposit corresponding to different c.d.s were studied using, respectively FEGSEM and XRD study. The chrono-potentiometry study revealed that Ni-Co alloy coating deposited at 4.0 Adm-2 is more electro active for HER and that deposited at 1.0 Adm-2 is more electro-active for OER. Hence, Ni-Co alloy coatings deposited at 4.0 Adm-2 and 1.0 Adm-2 can be used as efficient electrode materials for, respectively HER and OER reactions finds applications in fuel cells as demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chrono-potentiometry experiments. The characteristic electro catalytic behaviour of the coatings for HER and OER are attributed to the inherent phase structure, composition, specific surface area and porosity of the coated materials under test, determined by the cathode current density at which they are deposited, supported by FEGSEM and XRD study.


    

The 11th China (Guangzhou) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition

The 11th China (Guangzhou) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition, SF Expo China 2015 for short, will be held from 11-13, May 2015 in Poly World Trade Center, Guangzhou, China. As the most professional and rapidly developing surface finishing exhibition, SF China Expo has become an important surface industry event in China and the first UFI approved surface expo in the world. SF China Expo 2013 has attracted over 200 leading surface suppliers from all over the world such as MacDermid, COVENTYA, Toyotsu Chemiplas, FISCHER, Atotech, SurTec, Uyemuba, Wagner, Nordson, Chemetall, Norilsk etc. We are looking forward to your participation.

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