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ISRN Electrochemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 256086, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/256086
Research Article

Electrochemical Investigation on Adsorption of Fluconazole at Mild Steel/HCl Acid Interface as Corrosion Inhibitor

Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Deemed University, Dindigul District Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu 624 302, India

Received 14 November 2012; Accepted 4 December 2012

Academic Editors: F. Deflorian and D. Losic

Copyright © 2013 T. Jebakumar Immanuel Edison and M. G. Sethuraman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The interfacial behavior of fluconazole on mild steel in 1 M HCl solution was studied by electrochemical methods, namely, polarization (Tafel Plot) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The surface morphology of mild steel in the presence and absence of fluconazole was studied by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The results of the study showed that fluconazole reduced the corrosion rate in HCl acid solution by adsorbing on the surface of mild steel. Tafel results suggest that fluconazole behaves predominantly as an anodic inhibitor and shows greater inhibition efficiency (96%) at 0.30 mM. Thermodynamical parameters suggest that fluconazole is adsorbed on mild steel mainly by chemical mode. The EIS studies reveal the formation of a thin barrier film on mild steel surface. The AFM image of mild steel immersed in optimum concentration of fluconazole has confirmed the film formation on metal surface.