An in situ study of zirconium-based conversion treatment on zinc surfaces

P. Taheri, P. Laha, H. Terryn, J. M. C. Mol

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This study is focused on the deposition process of zirconium-based conversion layers on Zn surfaces. The analysis approach is based on a Kretschmann configuration in which in situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy is combined with open circuit potential (OCP) and near surface pH measurements. Differently pretreated Zn surfaces were subjected to conversion treatments, while the Zr-based deposition mechanism was probed in situ. It was found that the initial hydroxyl fraction promotes the overall Zr conversion process as the near surface pH values are influenced by the initial hydroxyl fraction. Kinetics of the early surface activation and the subsequent Zr-based conversion process are discussed and correlated to the initial hydroxyl fractions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-843
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2015


  • Zr-based conversion
  • Kretschmann configuration
  • Hydroxyl fraction
  • Open circuit potential (OCP)
  • Fourier transform infrared


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