Unravelling the chemisorption mechanism of epoxy-amine coatings on Zr-based converted galvanized steel by combined static XPS/ToF-SIMS approach

Vanina Cristaudo, Kitty Baert, Priya Laha, Mary Lyn Lim, Lee Steely, Elizabeth Brown-Tseng, Herman Terryn, Tom Hauffman

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Abstract

This work aims at the elucidation of the interfacial interactions established between an epoxy-amine coating and hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel. The influence of the Zr-based conversion treatment of the substrate and the use of the Cu(II) additive on interfacial bonding is studied. To this purpose, an amine-functionalized molecule – diethylenetriamine (DETA) – is adsorbed. The complex multi-metal oxide surface of the Cu-modified Zr-based converted substrate is decomposed in derivative (simpler) systems. The resulting DETA-adsorbed model and multi-metal surfaces are investigated by X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), and by examination of the N 1s peak, the interfacial bond density is determined. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) is performed to discriminate between the different metal oxide contributions present on the substrate surface. Preferential adsorption of the DETA molecule on the zinc atoms is found on converted substrates. The interfacial bonding with the Cu cationic sites introduced by the copper additive is proven.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153798
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume599
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Cu(II) additive
  • Diethylenetriamine (DETA)
  • Epoxy-amine coating
  • Hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel
  • Pure Zn, Zr, Cu model substrates
  • Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)
  • X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Zr-based conversion coating (ZrCC)

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