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Local analysis of aerobic biocorrosion of stainlees steel by scanning vibrating electrode technique

Iken, Hicham and Etcheverry, Luc and Bergel, Alain and Basséguy, Régine Local analysis of aerobic biocorrosion of stainlees steel by scanning vibrating electrode technique. (2008) In: Biocorys 2007, 14-17 June 2007, Paris, France .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2008.09.013


Mechanisms of biocorrosion of stainless steels in aerobic natural waters are still discussed although it is commonly agreed that the biofilm catalyses the cathodic reduction of oxygen [1-2]. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain this catalysis: formation of hydrogen peroxide [3], modification of the oxide layer on material surface [4], presence of biological molecules (enzymes as peroxidase, catalase…) that intervene in the different steps of oxygen reduction. This last hypothesis has been focused in our group [5]. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the ability of the scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) to determine the areas where this catalysis may occur. The SVET allowed establishing a map of the local currents flowing from the anodic and to the cathodic sites initiated on the surface. The experimental procedure was first designed with carbon electrodes and then extended to stainless steel. A strict protocol was defined to prepare the stainless steel and carbon electrodes by deposition of hemin on the surface. Hemin is a porphyrin compound similar to the active site of numerous oxidases (catalase, peroxidases…), which intervene in the reduction of oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. SVET was implemented on simple surfaces where a local galvanic coupling was created by depositing the catalyst on defined surface areas. Different local configurations were analysed, which clearly demonstrated the possible catalytic effect of adsorbed porphyrin in aerobic corrosion of stainless steel. [1] A. Mollica and A. Trevis. Proc. 4th Int Congress on marine corrosion and fouling, Antibes, France (1976) 351-365. [2] V. Scotto, R. Di Cintio and G. Marcenaro, Corrosion Science 25 (1985) 185. [3] I. Dupont, D. Féron and G. Novel International biodetioration and biodegradation 41 (1998) 13. [4] N. Le Bozec, C. Compère, M L’Hers, A.Laouenan, D Costa and P. Marcus. Corrrosion Science 43 (2001) 765. [5] M.E. Lai and A.Bergel, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 494 (2000) 30.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Electrochimica Acta website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00134686
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Bioprocédés et systèmes microbiens (BioSyM)
Deposited On:10 Oct 2008 11:42

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