Corrosion inhibition mechanism of 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylate depending on magnesium surface treatment


2,6-pyridinedicarboxylate (2,6-PDC) was studied as corrosion inhibitor for pure magnesium. The surface was prepared either by polishing or polishing followed by treatment with 1 M NaOH solution. The results show that 2,6-PDC promotes the formation of a denser protective oxide/hydroxide layer poor in PDC. The mechanism proposed includes forming weak PDC-Mg complexes that lower the free Mg2+ concentration available for the formation of Mg(OH)2. This leads to growth of smaller Mg(OH)2 platelets that are more densely packed and hence form a more protective layer. The highest inhibition efficiency of 2,6-PDC was achieved for samples with surface hydroxylated by NaOH treatment.