Effect of thiourea on the structure and corrosion properties of electrodeposited Zn-Sn

Mahsa Esfahani, J. Zhang, Y. Durandet, J. Wang, Y. Wong

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


Pulse electrodeposition was applied to deposit Zn-Sn coatings from acidic sulfate-gluconate baths with polyethylene glycol (PEG), hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and thiourea as additives. The influence of different concentrations of thiourea on the voltammetric behavior, surface morphology and corrosion properties of the coatings was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and potentiodynamic polarization techniques respectively. Thiourea as a grain refiner was added to the plating solution in different concentrations (0.015 M, 0.030 M, 0.045 M and 0.060 M). Cyclic voltammetry results showed that increase in concentration of thiourea does not change the deposition potential of the zinc-tin on glassy carbon electrode. FESEM results showed that increasing the thiourea content up to 0.045 M in the plating bath reduced the average grain size of the deposits drastically from 738 nm to 244 nm. However further addition to 0.060 M thiourea in the composition increased the average size to 290 nm. The lowest corrosion current density was achieved for the bath with 0.045 M thiourea.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Conference of the Australasian Corrosion Association 2013
Subtitle of host publicationCorrosion and Prevention 2013
Place of PublicationKerrimuir VIC Australia
PublisherAustralasian Corrosion Association (ACA)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781634394369
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Conference 2013: Corrosion and Prevention - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 10 Nov 201313 Nov 2013


ConferenceAustralasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleCP 2013


  • Corrosion resistance
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Electrodeposition
  • Thiourea
  • Zn-Sn

Cite this