Atomic-scale structure and morphology of ferric oxyhydroxides formed by corrosion of iron in various aqueous media

Sang Koo Kwon, Shigeru Suzuki, Masatoshi Saito, Yoshio Waseda

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Abstract

Fine particles of corrosion products consisting of one kind of ferric oxyhydroxide, either γ-FeOOH (lepidocrocite) or α-FeOOH (goethite), were directly prepared by dipping pure iron into aqueous solutions containing sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, or their mixed salts with sodium bicarbonate. Quantitative X-ray structural analysis using an in-house X-ray diffraction apparatus has been used for characterizing the atomic-scale structure of these ferric oxyhydroxide particles. The morphology of the γ-FeOOH and α-FeOOH particles was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and their bonding structures were analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The realistic atomic-scale structures in the γ-FeOOH and α-FeOOH particles were estimated by fitting the interference functions with the help of the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulation technique. The results showed that the linkages of fundamental FeO6 octahedral units in the particles were deviated from the ideal crystal structure. The structural deviation is believed to be due to the incorporation of foreign anions during the formation of these particles in the aqueous solutions. The resultant atomic-scale structures in the γ-FeOOH and α-FeOOH particles were correlated with their morphology and bonding structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3675-3691
Number of pages17
JournalCorrosion Science
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov

Keywords

  • A. Iron
  • B. XRD
  • C. Rust
  • IR spectroscopy
  • TEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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