Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 1409–1419 | Cite as

Electrodeposition of Zn–Mn alloys at high current densities from chloride electrolyte

  • M. Bučko
  • J. Rogan
  • B. Jokić
  • M. Mitrić
  • U. Lačnjevac
  • J. B. Bajat
Original Paper


The Zn–Mn alloy electrodeposition on a steel electrode in chloride electrolyte was investigated with the aim of obtaining deposits with as high as possible Mn percent. It was found that the deposition current density and concentration of Mn2+ ion in the chloride electrolyte significantly affect the Mn content in the alloy coating as well as the coating surface morphology. There was a transition from dendritic and spongy to smooth, bright, and amorphous structure of Zn–Mn deposits, when some critical deposition current density was reached, probably due to the metal oxyhydroxide inclusion in the coatings. Several plating additives were tested in order to decrease the hydroxide content and to improve surface appearance of the deposits. The 4-hydroxy-benzaldehyde was found to decrease oxygen and increase Mn percent in the coatings, and to significantly improve their surface morphology.


Zn–Mn alloy Electrodeposition Coating Microstructure Morphology 



This research was financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia (Grant No. III 45019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Bučko
    • 1
  • J. Rogan
    • 1
  • B. Jokić
    • 1
  • M. Mitrić
    • 2
  • U. Lačnjevac
    • 3
  • J. B. Bajat
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”University of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Institute for Multidisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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