Electrodeposition behavior of Zn-Co alloys from an alkaline zincate solution containing triethanolamine

Hiroaki Nakano, Shitoku Shibata, Shingo Arakawa, Satoshi Oue, Shigeo Kobayashi

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    Abstract

    Electrodeposition behavior of Zn-Co alloys was investigated at current densities of 2-500 A·m?2 and a charge of 5 × 104 C·m?2 at 308 K in an unagitated zincate solution containing triethanolamine, which forms a stable complex with Co2+ ions. At current densities lower than 5 A·m?2, the Zn-Co alloys exhibited normal co-deposition behavior, with the electrochemically more noble Co being preferentially deposited. By contrast, at current densities higher than 6 A·m?2, they exhibited anomalous co-deposition behavior, with the electrochemically less noble Zn being preferentially deposited. The current efficiency for Zn-Co alloy deposition was low (about 20%) in the normal co-deposition region, while it was 95% in the anomalous co-deposition region. Also, in the anomalous co-deposition region, the partial polarization curves for Co deposition and H2 evolution were significantly shifted to the less noble direction by the coexistence of Zn2+ ions, suggesting the formation of an inhibitor species that results from the presence of Zn 2+ ions in the cathode layer. On the other hand, in the normal co-deposition region, the underpotential deposition of Zn apparently occured simultaneously with Co deposition. Zn-Co alloys are composed of stable intermetallic compounds CoZn13 and Co5Zn21; therefore, the activity coefficient of Zn in the deposits appears to decrease remarkably.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1858-1863
    Number of pages6
    Journalisij international
    Volume53
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Materials Chemistry

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