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Protection of Mild Steel by Waterborne Epoxy Coatings Incorporation of Polypyrrole Nanowires/Graphene Nanocomposites

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Jiangxi Engineering Laboratory of Waterborne Coating, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013, China
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Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang 330013, China
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Polymers 2019, 11(12), 1998; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11121998
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 26 November 2019 / Accepted: 29 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
Polypyrrole nanowires/graphene (PPyNG) nanocomposites as anticorrosive fillers were prepared by in situ polymerization in order to improve the anticorrosion performance of waterborne epoxy coatings. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) characterized the morphologies and structures of the synthesized PPyNG. The polypyrrole nanowires with about 50 nm in diameter were obtained. Conjugation length of PPy was increased with the addition of graphene. Open circuit potential (OCP) measurements, Tafel polarization curves, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) using an electrochemical workstation evaluated the anticorrosion properties of the waterborne epoxy/PPyNG coatings (EPPyNG). The studied nanocomposite coating possessed superior corrosion protection performance when the graphene content of the filler was 2 wt %. Its corrosion rate was about 100 times lower than that of neat epoxy coating. The higher barrier properties of nanocomposite coating and passivation effect of polypyrrole nanowires were beneficial in corrosion protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: polypyrrole nanowires; graphene; waterborne epoxy; corrosion protection polypyrrole nanowires; graphene; waterborne epoxy; corrosion protection
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Ding, Y.; Zhong, J.; Xie, P.; Rong, J.; Zhu, H.; Zheng, W.; Wang, J.; Gao, F.; Shen, L.; He, H.; Cheng, Z. Protection of Mild Steel by Waterborne Epoxy Coatings Incorporation of Polypyrrole Nanowires/Graphene Nanocomposites. Polymers 2019, 11, 1998.

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