Anodising AA5083 aluminium alloy using ionic liquids

P. Huang, P. Howlett, D. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth

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Aluminium, as the current collector in lithium batteries, has shown reduced corrosion susceptibility in room temperature molten salts (1, 2). Moreover, previous studies have established that corrosion mitigation is achieved on magnesium alloys using ionic liquids pretreatments (3, 4). This paper investigated the anodisation of AA5083 aluminium alloy in Trihexyl(tetradecyl) phosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfony) ([P 6,6,6,14][NTf 2]) ionic liquid by applying a constant current followed by holding at the maximum potential for a period of time. Potentiodynamic polarisation results show that the treated surfaces were more corrosion resistant in 0.1 M sodium chloride solution compared with the control specimen. The anodising treatment was effective both in shifting the free corrosion potential to more noble values and in suppressing the corrosion current. Optical microscope and optical profilometry images indicated that an anodising film was deposited onto the alloy surface, which is thought to have inhibited corrosion in chloride environment. Further characterisation of the anodising film will be carried out in future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Corrosion Congress 2011
Subtitle of host publication20-24 November 2011; Perth, Australia
Place of PublicationBlackburn VIC Australia
PublisherAustralasian Corrosion Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781618393630
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Corrosion Congress 2011 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 20 Nov 201124 Nov 2011
Conference number: 18th


ConferenceInternational Corrosion Congress 2011
Abbreviated titleICC 2011
OtherThe 18th International Corrosion Congress took place between the 20th and the 24th November 2011 in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia. The International Corrosion Congress is the major event of the International Corrosion Council (ICC), an international body founded to advance corrosion science and engineering and is held once every three years by different host countries.


  • Aluminium alloy
  • Anodising film
  • Corrosion protection
  • Ionic liquid
  • Passivation

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