At the Curtin Corrosion Engineering Industry Centre, the corrosion inhibition research focuses at in-situ investigations where the steels are exposed to corrosive environments that simulate real-life operation conditions, and take into account the metallurgical properties of the steels.
Our recent research include application of advanced analytical methods for understanding the corrosion and corrosion inhibition processes. For example, we have applied synchrotron-sourced Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy to describe the orientation of an organic molecule at carbon steel surfaces and successfully applied in-situ atomic force microscopy to investigate persistency of a corrosion-inhibitor film at carbon steel in corrosive media.
- Dwivedi, K. Lepková, T. Becker, Carbon steel corrosion: A review of key surface properties and characterization methods, RSC Advances, DOI: 10.1039/c6ra25094g (2017).
- Pandarinathan, K. Lepková, S.I. Bailey, T. Becker, R. Gubner, Adsorption of corrosion inhibitor 1-dodecylpyridinium chloride on carbon steel studied by in-situ AFM and electrochemical methods, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (14) (2014) 5858-5865.
- Lepková, W. van Bronswijk, P. Pandarinathan, R. Gubner, Synchrotron far infrared spectroscopy of corroded steel surfaces using a variable angle of incidence, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 21 (2014) 580-585.
- Lepková, W. van Bronswijk, P. Pandarinathan, R. Gubner, Synchrotron infrared microscopy study of the orientation of an organic surfactant on a microscopically rough steel surface, Vibrational Spectroscopy, 68 (2013) 204-211.
- Pandarinathan, K. Lepková, S.I. Bailey, R. Gubner, Evaluation of corrosion inhibition at sand-deposited carbon steel in CO2-saturated brine, Corrosion Science, 72 (2013) 108-117.
- Pandarinathan, K. Lepková, S.I. Bailey, R. Gubner, Inhibition of under-deposit corrosion of carbon steel by Thiobenzamide, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 160 (2013) C432-C440.