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Electrochemical studies on the corrosion performance of new advanced anticorrosive pigments

Nivin M. Ahmed (Department of Polymers and Pigments, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt)
Walaa M. Abd El-Gawad (Department of Polymers and Pigments, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt)
Ahmed A. El_Shami (Housing and Building National Research Center, Giza, Egypt)
Eglal M.R. Souaya (Department of Chemistry, Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt)

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 2 May 2017




This study aims to synthesize a series of new anticorrosive pigments using a new technique called “core-shell”. This technique is based on depositing thin surface layer of expensive, efficient anticorrosive pigment on a cheap extender. This extender forms the bulk of the new pigments. The new pigments were constructed on cores of either waste silica fume or kaolin comprising 80-85 per cent of their chemical structure, and the ferrite shell was about of 20-15 per cent. Electrochemical studies were undertaken on two series of pigments for comparison between ferrites/silica fume and ferrites/kaolin pigment to show their performance, as the shells are different.


The different ferrites/silica fume and ferrites/kaolin pigments were characterized using different analytical and spectrophotometric techniques, such as X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Immersion test and electrochemical impedance measurements were done in 3.5 per cent NaCl.


The tests revealed that paint films containing Sr ferrite/silica and Ca ferrite/kaolin were the most effective in corrosion prevention.

Practical implications

Silica fumes have a large array of uses. These pigments can be applied in various industries such as painting, wooding coating, anti-corruption coating, powder coating, architectural paint and waterproof paints. Treated kaolin can be applied in many industries besides pigment manufacture and paint formulations; it can be applied as a reinforcing filler in rubber, plastics and ceramic composites.


The new pigments are considered ecofriendly materials, because using them converts a waste product and a natural ore to useful marketable product, leading to reducing cost and saving the environment at the same time.



Ahmed, N.M., Abd El-Gawad, W.M., El_Shami, A.A. and Souaya, E.M.R. (2017), "Electrochemical studies on the corrosion performance of new advanced anticorrosive pigments", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 46 No. 3, pp. 181-193.



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