Electrochemical Deposition and Characterization of Conjugated Copolymers of Thiophene and Aniline

A new series of copolymers, obtained by reacting aniline as electron donor with thiophene as electron acceptor in a donor–acceptor structure (poly-thio-co-ani), were synthesized via electrochemical polymerization using acetonitrile as a solvent and lithium perchlorate as supporting electrolyte. The copolymer have better solubility in DMSO and KOH than the corresponding homopolymers. Copolymerization of aniline and thiophene was studied by UV-visible and FT-IR spectroscopy. In order to analyze their structure and characteristics X-ray diffraction analysis was applied and the samples were photographed under scanning electron microscope (SEM) for microstructure analysis and morphological property. Electrochemical properties were observed by cyclic voltammetry.


Adsorption and inhibitive properties of aqueous extracts of rosmarinus as a green corrosion extract for copper in HNO3

The efficiency of plant extract as corrosion extract for copper in 1M HNO3 medium was carried out using weight loss, potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and electrochemical frequency modulation (EFM) techniques. The results showed variation in inhibition performance of the extract with varying concentration, immersion time and temperature. Langmuir isotherm was tested to describe the adsorption behavior of the extract on the copper surface. Potentiodynamic polarization study clearly revealed that this extract acts as a mixed type inhibitor i.e. the addition of the extract enhances both cathodic and anodic reactions. The results of the electrochemical impedance study showed a decrease in double layer capacitance and an increase in the charge transfer resistance. The results showed that rosmarinus extract could play significant role as corrosion inhibitor for copper in 1M HMO3.


Journal Galvanotechnik


Trade journal for electroplating and surface engineering. 
The oldest-established and leading trade journal for surface treatment of metals in the world. Published monthly and including the topics: photovoltaic, thin-film/plasma technology, microsystem technology and environmental technology.

Tribological behavior of Zn-Ni layers electrodeposited on different substrates by various methods

The tribological behavior of an electrodeposited Zn-Ni alloy layer has been investigated to understand the effect of substrate and electroplating methods. The substrates used were: steel, steel/silicon dioxide and steel/silicon dioxide/boron nitride. The tribological behavior was investigated using a ball-on-plate tribometer equipped with an electrochemical cell with 1 % NaCl solution. Open circuit potential measurements, chrono-amperometry (CA) (constant potential electrolysis technique – CPE) measurements and electro-chemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements were made, before and after a wear test. The coefficient of friction was also measured. The structure and morphology of the electrodeposited layers and the nature of the corrosion products were determined using SEM, XRD and AFM measurements. The Zn-Ni coating electrodeposited using pulse current electrodeposition on steel/silicon dioxide/boron nitride substrate was found to have a higher tribocorrosion resistance compared to the Zn-Ni layers electrodeposited by using pulse current electrodeposition and electrodeposition in a magnetic field on steel/silicon dioxide or by conventionally electrodeposited on steel substrate.


German-Korean Workshop: “Novel electrochemical technologies in material science for applications in information and energy technology (NEAT)”

The German-Korean Workshop „Novel electrochemical technologies in material science for applications in information and energy technology“ (NEAT) took place between 24th and 26th of September at the Jagd- und Berghotel Gabelbach in Ilmenau, Germany. The workshop was organized by the Electrochemistry and Electroplating Group (TU Ilmenau, FG ECG, Prof Andreas Bund) and the Korea Institute of Materials Sciene (KIMS, Dr. Kyu-Hwan Lee). The ECG group of TU Ilmenau is for many years in contact with several research centres in Korea such as Hanyang University (Seoul), KIMS (Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon) or the PCB Research Center of Korea Polytechnic University (Siheung). This collaboration and the workshop were funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (via the German National Aeronautics and Space Research Center, DLF, as project promoter) in order to advance the scientific and technical collaboration between both countries. The aim of the workshop was the preparation of joint projects in electroplating, electrocatalysis and energy storage. More than 20 scientists form Korea and Germany participated in this event, most of them young researchers. Continue reading…