About Prof. Dr. R. Padmalatha

Department of Chemistry, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India
Email: drpadmalatharao@yahoo.com

She (Professor in Chemistry) is working in the field of Corrosion and Corrosion control studies of aluminum, aluminum alloys, and aluminum metal matrix composites (AMMC) with ecofriendly natural inhibitors like, plant products, biopolymers etc.

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Corrosion protection of 6061 Al-15 Vol. Pct. SiC(p) composite using a biopolymer- An electrochemical approach

The influence of biopolymer starch as corrosion inhibitor on 6061 Al-15 vol. pct. SiC(p) composite in 0.05M hydrochloric acid was studied by potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. The surface morphology was studied using SEM, EDX, AFM and XRD techniques. The results showed that the inhibition efficiency of starch increased with increasing inhibitor concentrations and also with increase in temperatures. Starch acted as a mixed inhibitor and underwent chemical adsorption following Langmuir adsorption isotherm. 


    

Electrochemical Investigations for the Corrosion Control of Aluminum using an Eco friendly Natural Inhibitor

Fig. 2: Potentiodynamic polarization plots for the corrosion of aluminum containing different concentrations of CLE in H2SO4 (pH=3) at 30 oC

The inhibitive effect of Curry leaves extract (CLE) on the corrosion behavior of aluminum in sulfuric acid (pH = 3) was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques in the temperature range of 30 °C to 50 °C. The study was done by varying the concentrations of inhibitor from 0.05 g L−1 to 0.4 g L−1. The surface morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Inhibition efficiency was found to increase with increase in inhibitor concentration and decrease with increase in temperature. CLE acted as an anodic type inhibitor at lower concentrations of inhibitor and behaved as a mixed type at higher concentrations of inhibitor and underwent both physisorption and chemisorption on the surface of the metal and followed the Langmuir adsorption isotherm.