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Microbial Corrosion Resistance and Antibacterial Property of Electrodeposited Zn–Ni–Chitosan Coatings

CAS Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Corrosion and Bio-Fouling, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071, China
School of Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, 53 Zhengzhou Road, Qingdao 266042, China
Open Studio for Marine Corrosion and Protection, Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (Qingdao), No. 1 Wenhai Road, Qingdao 266235, China
Center for Ocean Mega-Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071, China
Institute of Living Systems, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 14 A. Nevskogo ul., 236016 Kaliningrad, Russia
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Academic Editor: Massimiliano Fenice
Molecules 2019, 24(10), 1974;
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 18 May 2019 / Accepted: 19 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Chitin and Chitosan Science)
Microbial corrosion is a universal phenomenon in salt water media such as seawater and wastewater environments. As a kind of efficient protective metal coating for steel, the damage of the Zn–Ni alloy coating was found to be accelerated under microbial corrosive conditions. To solve this problem, chitosan, which is considered a natural product with high antibacterial efficiency, was added to Zn–Ni electrolytes as a functional ingredient of electrodeposited Zn–Ni–chitosan coatings. It was found that the addition of chitosan significantly and negatively shifted the electrodeposition potentials and influenced the Ni contents, the phase composition, and the surface morphologies. By exposing the coatings in a sulfate-reducing bacteria medium, the microbial corrosion resistance was investigated. The results showed that compared to the Zn–Ni alloy coating, Zn–Ni–chitosan coatings showed obvious inhibiting effects on sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and the corrosion rates of these coatings were mitigated to some degree. Further research on the coatings immersed in an Escherichia coli-suspended phosphate buffer saline medium showed that the bacteria attachment on the coating surface was effectively reduced, which indicated enhanced antibacterial properties. As a result, the Zn–Ni–chitosan coatings showed remarkably enhanced anticorrosive and antibacterial properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: Zn–Ni alloy; chitosan; microbial corrosion resistance; antibacterial Zn–Ni alloy; chitosan; microbial corrosion resistance; antibacterial
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Zhai, X.; Ren, Y.; Wang, N.; Guan, F.; Agievich, M.; Duan, J.; Hou, B. Microbial Corrosion Resistance and Antibacterial Property of Electrodeposited Zn–Ni–Chitosan Coatings. Molecules 2019, 24, 1974.

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