Manipulating transport paths of inhibitor pigments in organic coating by addition of other pigments

S. Gh. R. Emad, S. Gad, Q. Ai, Y. Wan, Suzanne Morsch, T. L. Burnett, Y. Liu, S. B. Lyon, J. Li, Xiaorong Zhou

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Adequate leaching of active inhibitor pigments in organic coatings is essential for corrosion protection that relies on active inhibition of the metallic substrate. Therefore, it is important to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence leaching kinetics and mechanisms. In the present study, model organic coatings were formulated to investigate the influence of additional pigmentation (i.e. pigments other than the main inhibitor) on the leaching of species released from the main inhibitor pigment. It is found that addition of soluble/sparingly soluble pigments into the organic coating results in increased leaching rate. This is attributed to the formation of clusters comprised of both the main inhibitor pigment and the additional pigment. The network of cavities and voids formed upon dissolution and removal of the soluble pigment introduces transport paths in the organic coating, and consequently, facilitates the leaching of the main inhibitor pigment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107072
JournalProgress in Organic Coatings
Early online date5 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • Cluster
  • Coating
  • Corrosion
  • Inorganic pigment
  • Inter-connected network
  • Leaching
  • Paint
  • Phosphate-based inhibitor
  • Transport path


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