Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2007.04.009
Title: The influence of the marine aerobic Pseudomonas strain on the corrosion of 70/30 Cu-Ni alloy
Authors: Yuan, S.J. 
Choong, A.M.F.
Pehkonen, S.O. 
Keywords: A. Cu-Ni alloys
A. Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021
B. EIS
B. XPS
C. Seawater
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Citation: Yuan, S.J., Choong, A.M.F., Pehkonen, S.O. (2007-12). The influence of the marine aerobic Pseudomonas strain on the corrosion of 70/30 Cu-Ni alloy. Corrosion Science 49 (12) : 4352-4385. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2007.04.009
Abstract: A comparative study of the corrosion behavior of the 70/30 Cu-Ni alloy in a nutrient-rich simulated seawater-based nutrient-rich medium in the presence and the absence of a marine aerobic Pseudomonas bacterium was carried out by electrochemical experiments, microscopic methods and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results of Tafel plot measurements showed the noticeable increase in the corrosion rate of the alloy in the presence of the Pseudomonas bacteria as compared to the corresponding control samples. The E1S data demonstrated that the charge transfer resistance, Rct, and the resistance of oxide film, Rf, gradually increased with time in the abiotic medium; whereas, both of them dramatically decreased with time in the biotic medium inoculated with the Pseudomonas, indicative of the acceleration of corrosion rates of the alloy. The bacterial cells preferentially attached themselves to the alloy surface to form patchy or blotchy biofilms, as observed by fluorescent microscopy (FM). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images revealed the occurrence of micro-pitting corrosion underneath the biofilms on the alloy surface after the biofilm removal. XPS studies presented the evolution of the passive film on the alloy surface with time in the presence and the absence of the Pseudomonas bacteria under experimental conditions, and further revealed that the presence of the Pseudomonas cells and its extra-cellular polymers (EPS) on the alloy surface retarded the formation process or impaired the protective nature of the oxide film. Furthermore, XPS results verified the difference in the chelating functional groups between the conditioning layers and the bacterial cells and the EPS in the biofilms, which was believed to connect with the loss of the passivity of the protective oxide film. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Corrosion Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/87650
ISSN: 0010938X
DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2007.04.009
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