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Current and potential industrial applications of ILs require understanding of their interactions with metallic materials. Since metallic materials are considered as the main construction materials for IL-operated installations, the corrosion behaviour of metals and alloys in ILs attracts particular attention.
In this work, the corrosion properties of [Cnmim]TCM ILs were investigated as a function of the alkyl chain length (n = 2, 4, 6 and 8), using mild steel as reference substrate, a low-cost building material in CO2 capture facilities. The MS specimens were sealed individually with each IL in autoclavable plastic bottles in the ambient atmosphere. A Zeiss Ultra-55 scanning electron microscope was employed for examination of the surface and local chemistry of the specimens. Individual craters consist of a cavity of circular or elongated shape and size up to ?1 ?m that is surrounded by a darker region of dimensions up to 3 ?m. It is well known for both mild steel and stainless steel that pits are initiated at sulphide inclusions, e.g. Raman mapping of the integrated area of the most intense mode at 672 cm?1 at excitation wavelength of 514.5 nm has been subsequently employed to probe the spatial distribution of the corrosion products on the MS surface after immersion in [C2mim]TCM for 10 days (Fig. In order to study the role of water in the dissolution of MnS inclusions and the formation of corrosion products, immersion tests of MS in the ILs with increased water contents were carried out at 70 °C for two hours. Perissi et al.10 estimated the amount of the dissolved oxygen in the ILs for solar collector applications, studying corrosion of AISI 1018 and AISI 304 steels in several ILs at elevated temperatures.
Thus, the main chemical and electrochemical reactions involved in corrosion of MS in [Cnmim]TCM ILs may be as follows. Finally, it may be concluded that in the [Cnmim]TCM ILs, corrosion products composed of magnetite and maghemite are generated due to the interaction of iron with oxygen dissolved in the ILs at the anodic sites in the presence of residual water. The corrosivity of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tricyanomethanide ILs, as promising solvents for CO2 capture, was investigated as a function of the cation alkyl chain length using mild steel, a relatively low cost metallic material, by immersion tests at elevated temperatures. 3: Schematic drawings of a combined EDX and BSE detector setup with a) the BSE detector positioned above the annular EDX detector and b) the two different detectors positioned on the same level. The surface of MS was examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and micro-Raman mapping before and after immersion testing at temperatures of 70 and 80 °C for durations varying from 1 hour to 10 days. Corrosion is particularly important where ILs are in contact with metallic components such as pipes, valves, vessels and reaction chambers. Corrosion of steels, nickel alloys, brass, aluminium and magnesium alloys in a number of ILs is an area of growing interest.
Systematic immersion tests of MS have been performed at elevated temperatures, 70 and 80 °C, for durations from 1 h to 10 days and increased water contents up to 5 wt%.
The 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tricyanomethanide ionic liquids were synthesised according to the experimental procedures established at Iolitec. Additionally, in order to confirm the influence of oxygen on IL's corrosivity, the specimen of MS was sealed with [C4mim]TCM in a nitrogen atmosphere. MnS.24,25 Sulphur impurities are present in all steels and due to the low solubility of sulphides, sulphide inclusions are formed. 3 (a) Scanning electron micrograph of as-polished mild steel and local EDX spectra recorded in the (b) point A and (c) point B of the micrograph. Thus, the only way to form oxides in the areas adjacent to the inclusions is through their interaction with water–oxygen dissolved in the ILs during manufacture and storage, with additional intake during immersion testing.
It was determined that the fraction of oxygen in the IL may be three times larger than in water, which can affect corrosion processes. On the other hand, the [Cnmim]TCM ILs are inferred to inhibit corrosion in MS by adsorption on the metal surface,40 with their inhibition efficiency increasing markedly with the increase of the of alkyl chain length in the cation and the concomitant increase of hydrophobicity. The corrosion inhibition efficiency was found to be significantly enhanced for the [Cnmim]TCM ILs with the longer length of alkyl chain in the cation (n = 6, 8). If you require further details regarding the transaction data, please contact the supplier directly. 0.01 sr solid angle, the right one with the Rococo2 detector with a solid angle of more than 1 sr at the same conditions and acquisition time.
Applied in a typical CO2 scrubbing process, ILs may offer distinct advantages compared with conventional amine-based solvents, in particular (i) elimination of evaporative losses, (ii) sustainability in the presence of acidic gases and oxygen and (iii) minimisation of energy dissipation required for regeneration, which may have tremendous environmental and economical impacts in the CO2 capture process. However, despite numerous publications dedicated to the physicochemical properties and application aspects of ILs,13 corrosion of metals and alloys in ILs is not widely covered, while detailed investigations of the underlying corrosion mechanisms remain the subject of discussion.
The corrosion of the alloys in the ILs depends on the nature of the cation and anion of the IL and testing conditions, e.g. The surface characteristics of MS before and after corrosion tests were evaluated in detail by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and micro-Raman mapping allowing new insights to the origin of the corrosion processes on the surface of MS in the TCM-based ILs. 1 mol of the corresponding imidazolium-based ionic liquid chloride, [Cnmim]Cl (n = 2, 4, 6, 8) of purity over 98 mol% (Iolitec), was dissolved in 1.5 l of dry dichloromethane. Prior to sealing, the IL was purged with nitrogen for 3 hours to remove air, the origin of oxygen. Raman mapping was implemented on a motorized feedback-controlled XYZ mapping specimen stage that allowed area mapping with a step size of 0.1 ?m in the point-by-point mode. 2 shows representative scanning electron micrographs of the MS specimens after immersion for 1 day.
In carbon steels, the attack initiates in the matrix close to the sulphide inclusion, which is more noble than the matrix. 6 shows representative Raman spectra at different points on the surface of MS after immersion in [C2mim]TCM for 1 and 10 days, using the 514.5 nm laser line.
Comparison of the Raman maps with the corresponding optical images revealed that the maximum Raman intensity occurs around the craters as well as at regions in-between neighbouring craters, reflecting the uneven iron oxide distribution around the craters in perfect agreement with the EDX spatial analysis. Visual observation of the IL droplet placed in the SEM chamber through a built-in video camera during pumping down revealed intense gas evolution from the droplet, providing a clear indication for the presence of dissolved air–water in the IL. In order to confirm that oxygen may be responsible for corrosion initiation in the ILs with TCM anions, the two MS specimens were individually sealed with the relatively corrosive [C4mim]TCM IL in air and in nitrogen; in the latter case, the IL was purged with nitrogen to ensure that most dissolved air is removed.

Further, adsorption of the IL molecules at active sites in MS prevents propagation of the corrosion processes in the bulk of the alloy once the inclusion is dissolved, supporting the potential use of MS for the construction of low cost CO2 capture plant installations. The morphological changes initiated in the areas adjacent to MnS inclusions and were accompanied by the generation of craters comprising cavities due to the dissolution of MnS inclusions, surrounded by corrosion products of variable extents, depending on the specific IL.
On the other hand, the practical deployment of physically absorbing ILs is severely impaired by their reduced CO2 capture capacity and rate, both arising from the inherently different mechanisms underlying CO2 capture compared with amine solvents, e.g.
1.05 mol of sodium tricyanomethanide was added immediately to the dissolved chloride and the reaction mixture was stirred for 48 h at room temperature.
The number of craters per unit area is similar to that in [C2mim]TCM and is of the order of 1 ? 106 cm?2; however, the crater dimensions are slightly reduced, with the maximum crater dimensions generally not exceeding 2 ?m. Corrosion products were identified around the MnS inclusions immersed for 1 h, revealing oxygen peaks in the related EDX spectra (Fig. Raman spectra were accordingly acquired at different points on the MS surface after immersion in [C4mim]TCM for 1 and 10 days, at 514.5 nm (Fig. However, a series of additional broad Raman bands at 217, 277, 317, 475 and 590 cm?1 were systematically detected at the regions of brighter appearance in the craters centres, superimposed with the iron oxide Raman spectra (Fig. Therefore, it was assumed that corrosion events in the ILs proceed similarly to those in water-containing media. The phase composition of the corrosion products was identified by micro-Raman mapping to be mixed magnetite–maghemite oxides forming preferentially at the areas surrounding the inclusion sites.
It consists of 4 cloverleaf shaped SDD cells combined on one monolithic chip with a total sensitive area of 60 mm² and a center hole. This was attributed to the corrosion inhibition effect of the ILs through adsorption on the metal surface and blocking active sites, with the inhibition efficiency increasing with the alkyl chain length. The rod was cut into disks of approximately 4 mm thickness, which were mechanically polished normal to the rolling direction using, consecutively, P240, P600, P1200 and P4000 wet emery papers followed by 3 and 1 ?m diamond pastes on a velvet pad with a polyethylene glycol-based lubricant. The mixture was then filtered through celite; the mother liquor evaporated under reduced pressure and the product dried under high vacuum for 24 h at 40 °C. The immersion testing was carried out at 70 and 80 °C for durations ranging from 1 h to 10 days, and at room temperature for 1 day. 3a confirmed the presence of manganese and sulphur in the inclusion sites of darker appearance (Fig. Extended Raman spectra acquired locally on the crater areas revealed the presence of three asymmetric broad bands around 350, 535 and 672 cm?1 together with two higher frequency broad modes at ?1400 and ?1600 cm?1 at excitation wavelength of 514.5 nm as shown in Fig. An intensity of the iron oxides Raman peak associated with the individual crater marked (6) in Fig. Craters with cavities surrounded by corrosion products of darker appearance are evident on the surface of MS immersed in [C2mim]TCM (Fig. The study of corrosion of steels in moist media reviewed previously by Wranglen24,25 was used for the explanation of MS corrosion in the ILs. Considering that ILs contain up to 2 mol% impurities, including up to 0.5 mol% chlorides, dissolved water and oxygen that may cause corrosion events, it can be assumed that IL adsorbed on the metal surface may act as a barrier to the initiation of corrosion at room temperature. The underlying mechanism was associated with corrosion processes at active sites on the MS surface, such as sulphide inclusions, in the presence of residual water and oxygen in the IL. In this respect, ILs may compete with amine solvents only if the size of the scrubber increases or if scrubbing occurs at elevated pressure. The resultant roughness, Ra, measured by a Contour GT (Veeco) white light interferometer, was approximately 8 nm. 9(b) is relatively high; however, the intensities of the peaks of the most of the craters are significantly reduced compared with those of [C2mim]TCM.
The sulphide inclusions were classified as active or non-active with regard to pit initiation. At elevated temperature, probably after reaching a certain value, iron starts oxidising in the anodic areas, i.e. The finding suggests that cations with longer alkyl chains reduce significantly the dissolution rate of MnS inclusions. It can be positioned right underneath the pole piece extremely close to the sample which results in a very large solid angle up to 1.4 sr. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It was shown that increase of the water content in the ILs to about 50000 ppm resulted in faster dissolution of the MnS inclusions.
It was revealed that ILs change colour after keeping at 100 °C for 1 day that may be attributed to chemical transformations in the ILs; in contrast, no significant colour change was observed at 80 °C. However, the crater dimensions are significantly smaller, generally up to 1 ?m, with most of the craters having dimensions of several hundred nanometres. The narrow gaps separating inclusions and the metallic matrix suggest that the inclusions started to dissolve. These bands can be mainly attributed to the presence of the iron-deficient, inverse spinel phase of maghemite (?-Fe2O3)28,29 that was further supported by direct comparison with the Raman spectra of representative reference iron oxides (Fig. The majority of the craters generated in the as-received [C2mim]TCM are filled with inclusions. It was proposed that the active MnS inclusions are surrounded by a metallic matrix with submicroscopic MnS precipitates, often referred to as a sulphur-infected matrix that was generated during the steel production process. The MnS inclusion generated in air-sealed conditions is surrounded by corrosion products of darker appearance that was confirmed by local EDX analysis (Fig. The crater densities and shapes did not changed markedly with the increase of immersion time up to 10 days, confirming that corrosion processes become significantly slower after the MnS precipitates and inclusions are dissolved. Finally, it was demonstrated that removal of oxygen from the IL significantly reduced the corrosion rate. Thus, the selection of materials for construction of the CO2 capture plant to minimise the cost and to ensure integrity of the plant facilities is of great importance. Hence, the use of MS is preferred for building CO2 capture IL-operated installations to reduce material costs if corrosion processes are effectively alleviated. 3c) exhibited only peaks of iron and carbon corresponding to the alloy constituents (hydrocarbon contamination on the surface may also contribute to the carbon yield). 7a), where the contribution of the parent magnetite spinel (Fe3O4) to the observed Raman spectra is also evidenced.
The sulphur-infected matrix near the MnS inclusions is highly active due to the large contact area between the fine precipitates and the iron; such regions form anodic sites.

Figure 2 shows EDX mappings of a duplex brass sample which illustrate this benefit.High energetic electrons which are backscattered from the sample are typically filtered by using magnetic electron traps in front of the EDX detector. Further, an increasing number of publications report on the inhibiting properties of ILs in aggressive environments. The water contents in the ILs measured using a C20 Coulometric Karl Fischer Titrator (Mettler Toledo) were 1050, 980, 265 and 265 ppm for n = 2, 4, 6 and 8 in [Cnmim]TCM respectively. Detailed EDX analysis within the typical crater area of MS immersed in [C2mim]TCM for 10 days (Fig. The gap between the inclusion remnants and metallic matrix is significantly wider than after 1 h; complete dissolution may take place in the small craters, leaving cavities of dimensions of several hundred nanometres (Fig.
MnS inclusions, fine MnS precipitates surrounding inclusions and the non-infected metal matrix act as cathodes. Since MnS is easily dissolved in acidic media,25 inclusions start to dissolve chemically due to the increase of the local acidity as a result of the hydrolysis of metal ions. In contrast, no corrosion products are evident around the MnS inclusion on the surface of MS after immersion in nitrogen atmosphere (Fig. In case of the Rococo2 detector this is not possible because the magnetic field would disturb the electron beam. The ILs used in the present study are miscible with water to a certain extent,22 and mixing led to the formation of a uniform liquid in several minutes. Most of the craters are of submicron dimensions; however, the size of individual craters may reach 2 ?m.
Moreover, no sulphide inclusions or corrosion products were identified on the MS craters after immersion in [C8mim]TCM with 53900 ppm water by micro-Raman (only an enhanced background signal) (Fig.
Fine precipitates have significantly higher solubility compared with the larger inclusions.
In this case the Backscattered Electrons (BSE) are filtered by hardware filter foils which stop the electrons while transmitting the X-ray photons. The estimated numbers of craters per unit area generated in the four ILs are approximately the same. S4c and d of ESI†), providing further evidence for the total dissolution of MnS upon increasing the ILs water content. Dissolution of the precipitates is accompanied by the increase of acidity with the formation of H2S and HS? ions that catalyse both anodic dissolution of iron and hydrogen evolution at the cathodic sites. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge.
The surface appearance of the MS does not change significantly with increase of immersion duration to 10 days (Fig.
The large-area metallic matrix, not contaminated by sulphides, serves as a cathode, providing oxygen reduction.
With the used combination of foils a continuous undisturbed X-ray sensitivity down to carbon and boron can be achieved.We will further present concepts for a combined annular detector for measuring backscattered electrons and X-Rays simultaneously.
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MnS inclusions and surrounding precipitates also act as cathodic sites, however, mainly for hydrogen evolution. The adsorption is stronger for the IL with increased length of the alkyl chain in the cation.
By increasing the central hole of the EDX detector it is possible to detect backscattered electrons at high take off angles in the central part of the detector. Thus, temperature plays an important role in increasing the rates of dissolution of MnS inclusions and formation of corrosion products in the selected ILs. Development of the acidity due to hydrolysis of iron ions released at anodic areas facilitates dissolution of the inclusions. The increase of the inhibition effect with increase of the size of IL molecule was reported elsewhere.16 The effect was attributed to the greater surface coverage by the larger molecule during the chemisorption process. This enables the detection of X-ray and BSE signals at the same time with relatively high collection efficiency and just one single detector head. The course material is available for free with a range of certificates available for a fee. Silicon is typically added to steel during the production process for the purpose of deoxidisation and may be in the form of SiO2; thus, SiO2 may also contribute to the oxygen peaks in the spectra.
Local EDX analysis of several craters did not reveal the presence of oxygen, thus, confirming that the amount of corrosion products generated in [C8mim]TCM is insignificant. Figure 3 shows two 2 concepts for such a detector with the BSE detector positioned either above or at the same level as the annular EDX detector. Interestingly, the order also follows the increase of the length of alkyl chain of the cation.
It was shown elsewhere that sulphide inclusions may exist as separate particles or shells surrounding an oxide core.26 Sulphides undergo dissolution during corrosion, whereas oxides remain intact. Weak sulphur peaks were detected in a few craters suggesting that MnS inclusion remnants remain in individual craters.
We will show calculations of the solid angle and the collection efficiency of different EDX and BSE detector combinations and evaluate the results by comparing images or spectra. Manganese and sulphur were not detected in the craters, suggesting that the MnS inclusion was completely dissolved.
EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Once you sign up for a course and activate your account, click on the Log In button on the home page and type in your email address and edX password. A weak manganese peak was detected in one of the craters generated in [C8mim]TCM after one day of immersion, possibly due to incomplete dissolution of the inclusion.

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