, Volume 70, Issue 9, pp 1744–1751 | Cite as

Nanoscale Analysis of Corrosion Products: A Review of the Application of Atom Probe and Complementary Microscopy Techniques

  • Katja Eder
  • Ingrid McCarroll
  • Alexandre La Fontaine
  • Julie M. Cairney
3D Nanoscale Characterization of Metals, Minerals, and Materials


Atom probe tomography has developed into a technique that can provide atomic-scale three-dimensional information pertaining to corrosion products, with excellent chemical resolution. Like for most characterization techniques, use of atom probe tomography for analysis of corrosion products is not without its challenges. In the short time that this technique has been utilized for corrosion studies, complementary microscopy techniques have been extremely useful for production and analysis of oxide-containing atom probe samples. We review herein how correlative microscopy techniques such as electron microscopy, microanalysis techniques, and transmission Kikuchi diffraction have been utilized to overcome challenges associated with atom probe microscopy, including how information from correlative microscopy can be applied to inform three-dimensional reconstruction of atom probe data.



The authors would like to thank Chun Yu, Jianqiang Zhang, and David Young for provision of the CrO-containing stainless steel used in Fig. 1b and Limei Yang for the lift-out of this specimen. The authors further acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance, of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Sydney.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Microscopy and MicroanalysisThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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