Special Issue "Self-Assembled Films for Improved Corrosion Resistance"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Corrosion and Materials Degradation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Helena Otmačić Ćurković
Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb, Marulicev trg 19, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: corrosion mechanisms; corrosion inhibitors; self-assembled films; protective coatings, electrochemical techniques
Dr. Saman Hosseinpour
Guest Editor
Institute of Particle Technology (LFG), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Cauerstraße 4, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany
Interests: corrosion; self-assembled films; corrosion inhibitors; coatings; laser spectroscopy; electrochemistry; local probe techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Corrosion processes lead to deterioration of metallic structures, which can result in both significant financial losses as well as in endangerment of human lives and environment. For this reason, various corrosion protection methods are applied in practice to prolong the lifetime of metallic structures. Recently, self-assembled films of organic compounds have found their application in many fields, including corrosion protection. Self-assembled films can form by spontaneous adsorption of amphiphilic molecules such as alkanethiols, carboxylic and phosphonic acids or silanes. Mainly, self-assembled monolayers are formed in this way. Self-assembly results in formation of highly ordered structures that can act as a barrier to diffusion of corrosive species, thus preventing or retarding corrosion processes. Nevertheless, the protective properties of such coatings strongly depend on the properties of underlying substrate, film formation conditions, as well on the properties of the applied amphiphilic molecules. Therefore, unravelling of the effect of these parameters on the protective properties of self-assembled films by various experimental techniques is of significant importance.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript on “Application and Characterization of Self-Assembled Films in Corrosion Protection” for this Special Issue. Both original scientific papers and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Helena Otmačić Ćurković
Dr. Saman Hosseinpour
Guest Editors

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  • self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • self-assembled multilayers
  • corrosion protection
  • electrochemical characterization
  • spectroscopic characterization
  • local probe characterization

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Preparation and Photocathodic Protection Properties of ZnO/TiO2 Heterojunction Film Under Simulated Solar Light
Materials 2019, 12(23), 3856; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12233856 - 22 Nov 2019
In this work, a novel double layer made of ZnO nanorod arrays and TiO2 nanorod arrays with anticorrosion function were successfully prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a simple low-temperature solvothermal method. As compared with the pure TiO2 and [...] Read more.
In this work, a novel double layer made of ZnO nanorod arrays and TiO2 nanorod arrays with anticorrosion function were successfully prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a simple low-temperature solvothermal method. As compared with the pure TiO2 and pure ZnO film, the combination of the two films presented higher photocathodic protection performance for 316 stainless steel (316 SS) and Q235 carbon steel in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. The composite film with ZnO nanoparticles layer between ZnO nanorod arrays and TiO2 nanorod arrays exhibited the best photocathodic performance, which lowered the open circuit potential (OCP) of 316 SS and Q235 to −991 mV, −1066 mV, respectively. The results demonstrated that the formation of the uniform heterojunction film and the small difference in band alignment played important roles in the promotion of photocathodic protection performance. Full article
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