Aug 28, 2014

Plasma-polymerized coatings of trimethylsilane deposited on cold-rolled steel substrates Part 2. Effect of deposition conditions on corrosion performance

Trimethyl silane (TMS) plasma-polymerized films were deposited on cold-rolled steel (CRS) under different conditions. The films were characterized by angular-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and time-of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOFSIMS). The complementary information generated by these surface techniques gave detailed information on the film composition. The corrosion performance of the plasma films was estimated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and by exposure in a humidity test. All films were Si-based and their composition was a function of the deposition conditions and the plasma cleaning of substrate prior to deposition. A reducing plasma for metal surface treatment resulted in a film with the highest impedance. The plasma film surfaces were highly oxidized. The contact angle was the lowest for plasma films deposited from a mixture of TMS and oxygen and their corrosion performance was the poorest.

Keywords:Trimethyl silane plasma polymerized films; Deposition conditions; Corrosion performance

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