EIS has been used to follow the pitting process of Al 2024 during exposure to sterile artificial seawater (AS) for 30 days. In the presence of a bacterial biofilm produced by Bacillus subtilis pitting was also observed during the first two days, however for the remainder of the exposure period the Al alloy was passive. When the biofilm was genetically engineered to secrete polyglutamate or polyaspartate, an additional small increase in corrosion inhibition occured. Corrosion control using regenerative biofilms (CCURB) on Al 2024 in AS cannot be solely due to a reduction of the oxygen concentration at the metal surface since the experimental values of the corrosion potential Ecorr became more noble in the presence of bacteria suggesting that production of an inhibiting species retained in the biofilm contributes to CCURB.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Materials Science(all)