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International Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 787905, 9 pages
Research Article

The Roles of Alkyl Branches of Ionic Liquid in the Corrosion Resistance of Pb/Sb/Sn Grids Alloy in Lead-Acid Battery

Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 8415683111, Iran

Received 23 March 2011; Revised 15 May 2011; Accepted 16 May 2011

Academic Editor: Abel César Chialvo

Copyright © 2011 Behzad Rezaei et al. 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.


This paper describes the effects of ionic liquids (ILs) including mono, bicyclohexyl, and tetrahexyl ammonium hydrogen sulphate on the corrosion behaviour of Pb/Sb/Sn grids alloy of lead-acid battery with Pb, Sb (1.66 wt%), and Sn (0.24 wt%). Electrochemical behaviour has been investigated using Tafel plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with various concentrations of ILs as electrolyte additives in 4.0 mol·L−1 sulphuric acid. The obtained results indicated that, by increasing number of alkyl or cycloalkyl branches in ILs, the corrosion rate of the lead alloy decreases, whereas inhibition efficiency shows a reverse effect. In the presence of all ILs in different concentrations, conversion current of PbSO4 to PbO2 ( and ) increases, while the reversibility, deduced from peak potential differences, decreases. Also, the effect of ILs adsorption model on the corrosion behaviour of electrode was proposed.