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Comparison Studies Of The Protective Properties Of Silane/polyrhodanine And Polyrhodanine/silane Bilayer Coatings Applied On Stainless Steel

Edyta Owczarek

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and compare the protective, anticorrosion properties of silane- and polyrhodanine-based bilayer coatings pRh/IBTES and IBTES/pRh on an X20Cr13 stainless steel substrate. Design/methodology/approach IBTES/pRh and pRh/IBTES have been coated using the dip-coating method and the cyclic voltammetry technique. The electrochemical measurements have been used to assess the anticorrosion properties of the resulting bilayer coatings. Morphological and chemical characterizations have been performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Findings The results clearly show that the combination of both the deposits of polyrhodanine and silane yields a more protective structure that affords better protection against corrosion with time. The best barrier properties are achieved by the substrates coated with polyrhodanine film upon which silane is subsequently adsorbed – the pRh/IBTES bilayer coating. Originality/value The paper reveals that the procedure of modification of silane films with polyrhodanine had a marked effect on the anti-corrosive performance of the obtained two types of bilayers coatings (pRh/IBTES, IBTES/pRh) applied on a stainless steel surface. The coating where polyrhodanine was first electrodeposited on the steel surface and then the silane layer adsorbed (pRh/IBTES) achieved the best protective properties.