Iron corrosion in CO2 /brine at low H2 s concentrations: An electrochemical and surface science study

E. Abelev, T. A. Ramanarayanan, S. L. Bernasek

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The effect of H2 S at the parts per million level on the early stage of iron corrosion in 3 wt % NaCl solutions saturated with CO2 is investigated using electrochemical and surface science techniques. Small H2 S concentrations (5 ppm) have an inhibiting effect on corrosion in the presence of CO2. At higher H2 S concentrations (up to 500 ppm), the corrosion rate is higher but below the H2 S -free case. The characterization of the iron surfaces after corrosion uses photoelectron spectroscopy and electron microscopy. For Fe exposed to H 2 S -containing solutions, a sulfur peak (S 2p) appears at a binding energy of 162.1 eV, attributable to disulfide (S2 2-) adsorption. The Fe 2 p3/2 peak attributed to Fe(II) at the surface shifts by about 1 eV in the presence of 5 ppm H2 S compared to the H2 S -free case due to bonding of Fe to S and O. At higher H2 S concentrations, the formation of a S-rich surface is indicated. Morphological changes are observed on the iron surface after exposure to H2 S -containing solutions. A thin protective film forms at 5 ppm H2 S, while at higher H2 S concentrations a thicker, more porous surface phase forms. A mechanism for corrosion inhibition of iron in different concentrations of H2 S in CO2 /brine is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C331-C339
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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