Experimental Investigation of the Inhibiting Action of Adenine on the Corrosion of Mild Steel in Acidic Environments

Habibat Momoh-Yahaya, Nnabuk O. Eddy, Johnson F. Iyun, Casmir E. Gimba, Emeka E. Oguzie


Corrosion inhibition of mild steel by adenine (AD) in 0.1 M  solutions of HCl and H2SO4 was investigated using weight loss, potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques. The study was carried out at 30  °C and 60 °C respectively. The effect of iodide ions on inhibition efficiency was also assessed. Results showed that AD had a moderate inhibitive effect on the acid corrosion of mild in the  order HCl > H2SO4 at 30 °C and H2SO4 > HCl at 60 °C. The presence of iodide ions in the acid media increased the efficiency of AD. From potentiodynamic polarization studies, it was observed that AD alone and the mixture of AD+KI surpressed both the anodic and cathodic partial reactions. The corrosion processes were inhibited by adsorption of AD onto the mild steel surface in a concentration and temperature-dependent manner. Langmuir isotherm was used to explain the adsorptive characteristics of AD.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jmsr.v2n1p59


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