A Brief Communication on the Improved Mechanism of Graphene on Zinc-Rich Coatings

Xiao Wang
2019 International Journal of Electrochemical Science  
Gallic acid-based epoxy resin monomer was synthesized by the natural extract of gallnut for the efficient dispersion of graphene in epoxy resin. The graphene zinc-rich anticorrosion coatings were further prepared on the basis of the graphene / gallic acid-based epoxy resin monomer dispersion system. Electrochemical experiments and spectral characterization were carried out to study the effect of graphene on zinc-rich coatings and its mechanism. Experiments showed that graphene enhanced the
more » ... e enhanced the cathodic protection currents of the zinc-rich coatings and prolonged the cathodic protection time. Simultaneously, graphene slowed down the penetration of corrosive media into the coatings. The conductivity of graphene improved electrical contact between zinc particles as well as zinc and iron, and transformed un-activated zinc particles into activated zinc particles. The dispersed and layered structure of the graphene extended the permeation path of the corrosive medium, which resulted in reduced permeation rate and decreased water content of the coatings. It was demonstrated by the tracking of zinc corrosion products by micro-area Raman spectroscopy.
doi:10.20964/2019.04.26 fatcat:abef7oyj4bfejoyonyagqy5awi