Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 17, pp 4511–4521 | Cite as

Application of scanning electrochemical microscope in the study of corrosion of metals

  • Lin NiuEmail author
  • Yuehua Yin
  • Weikuan Guo
  • Min Lu
  • Ruijie Qin
  • Shenhao Chen


Scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM) has become a very useful and powerful technique for probing a variety of electrochemical reactions in corrosion process due to its high spatial resolution and electrochemical sensitivity to characterize the topography and redox activities of the metal/electrolyte solution interface. Its capability for the direct identification of chemical species in localized corrosion processes with high spatial resolution would be more advantageous compared to other local probe techniques with only morphological characterization. In this review, the applications of the SECM in the study of early stages of localized corrosion, electroactive defect sites in passive films, local initiation of pits, degradation of coating properties on steels, and some combined methods through SECM integrated with other techniques have been summarized and commented. Finally, the optimization for SECM’s experiment design and operation as well as foreseeable application range has been proposed.


Localize Corrosion Passive Current Density Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance High Lateral Resolution Scan Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy 



This work was supported by the Special Funds for the Major State Basic Research Projects (973 Projects) (Grant No. 2006CB605004) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. Y2006B16).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Niu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuehua Yin
    • 1
  • Weikuan Guo
    • 1
  • Min Lu
    • 1
  • Ruijie Qin
    • 1
  • Shenhao Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringShandong UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Institute of Metal ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesShenyangChina

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