Micron Scale Cathodically Coated Graphene Impedes Corrosion on Ti, Cube, and Stainless Steel
Here we report the first instance of cathodically coated Ti metal along with cathodically coated stainless steel and copper-beryllium. We report Raman microscope images to verify complete surface coverage of Ti, and partial coverage of ~2 micron islands of graphene on both stainless steel and CuBe. We also report Tafel plotted voltammograms to show that the presence of graphene on Ti shifts the potential of zero current, normally called the “corrosion potential,” in 3.5% NaCl(aq) to a value positive of the formal potential for the O2/H2O redox couple in sea water. We also present Tafel plots which show that the corrosion potential of graphene coated CuBe has shifted positive by 0.1V and the corrosion current decreased by nearly an order of magnitude, and that the corrosion potential of graphene coated stainless steel has shifted positive by 0.3V.
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