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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 12, pp. 1861-1869 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 12

New inhibitors for copper corrosion*

Gy. Vastag1, E. Szöcs2, A. Shaban2, and E. Kálmán2,

1University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Yugoslavia; 2Chemical Research Center, HAS, Bp., H-1525, P.O. Box 17, Hungary

Abstract: The study of the effectiveness of several potential copper corrosion inhibitors in acidic media was studied. The investigated thiazole derivative functional groups contain heterocyclic atoms such as nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen. Thiazole derivatives, 5-benzylidene-2,4-dioxotetrahydro-1,3-thiazole (BDT) 5-(4¢-isopropylbenzylidene)-2,4-dioxotetrahydro-1,3-thiazole (IPBDT), 5-(3¢-thenylidene)-2,4-dioxotetrahydro-1,3-thiazole (TDT), and 5-(3¢,4¢-dimetoxybenzylidene)-2,4-dioxotetrahydro-1,3-thiazole (MBDT) were tested for copper corrosion inhibition properties. The electrolyte solution was 0.1 M Na2SO4.

In situ information on corrosion and inhibition processes can be obtained using different techniques. Electrochemical measurements (EIS), in situ scanning probe microscopy (SPM), in addition to quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements were applied. Those methods are very useful owing to their high sensitivity and resolution. Dynamic STM and AFM measurements on Cu(111) single-crystal electrode with and without the addition of some inhibitors were performed.

The presence of the isopropyl group in the case of IPBDT produced far better protection against copper corrosion in acidic sulfate-containing media than the rest of the derivatives.

* An issue of reviews and research papers based on presentations made at the IUPAC/ICSU Workshop on Electrochemistry and Interfacial Chemistry in Environmental Clean-up and Green Chemical Processes, Coimbra, Portugal, 6-7 April, 2001.

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