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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, S1, Pages S189-S194

Inhibitive Effect by Acid Extract of Ficus Exasperata Leaves on the Sulphuric Acid Corrosion of Mild Steel

N. S. Patel, S. Jauhari, and G. N. Mehta

Chemistry Section Applied Sciences & Humanities Department, S V National Institute of Technology, Surat-395007, Gujarat, India

Received 9 April 2009; Accepted 5 June 2009

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Extract of Ficus exasperata leaves was investigated as corrosion inhibitor of mild steel in 1 N H2SO4 using conventional weight loss, electrochemical polarizations, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopic studies. The weight loss results showed that the extract of Ficus exasperata is excellent corrosion inhibitor. Electrochemical polarizations data revealed the mixed mode of inhibition. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that the change in the impedance parameters, charge transfer resistance and double layer capacitance, with the change in concentration of the extract is due to the adsorption of active molecules leading to the formation of a protective layer on the surface of mild steel. Scanning electron microscopic studies provided the confirmatory evidence of improved surface condition, due to the adsorption, for the corrosion protection.