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Breakdown of metal passivation layers

  1. Aug 26, 2014 #1
    Hi All

    I hope that someone where can help me out.

    Let's assume that we take a piece of Al foil and a Pt wire and put them into an ionic solution. We then apply a voltage difference of 2 V between the two. Al(+) and Pt(-). After a few seconds the Al electrode starts to corrode. Nothing new about that but can anyone tell me what happens before the corrosion starts? I assume that the aluminum oxide is being removed. I am interested in figuring out what voltage that is needed to remove the aluminum oxide. And the kinetics of it.

    If this can be described in a theoretical manner I will prefer that as I would like to compare different metal oxides at different voltages.


    Best regards
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  3. Aug 27, 2014 #2


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    Way too many unknown factors for a theoretical treatment, experiments are a way to go.
  4. Aug 27, 2014 #3
    Okay, thanks.

    Instead of testing every metal oxide there must be a way of finding those oxides that are most likely to be the best.

    Any idea of how to this?
  5. Aug 28, 2014 #4


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    In what sense?
  6. Sep 2, 2014 #5
    I want to find the best materials for passivating electrodes in ionic solutions.
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