ToF-SIMS characterization of the interfacial molecular chemistry in metal (active) corrosion protection systems based on organic coatings

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This work presents a data analysis extension to a well-established methodology for the assessment of organic coatings using imaging time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Such an approach produced results that can be analyzed using a multivariate analysis (MVA) procedure that performs the simultaneous processing of spatially and chemically related datasets.
Date of Award31 Jan 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
SupervisorTom Hauffman (Promotor), Herman Terryn (Promotor), Guy Van Assche (Jury), Vanina Cristaudo (Jury), John F. Watts (Jury), Mélanie Gauvin (Jury), Stefan De Gendt (Jury) & Rik Pintelon (Jury)


  • ToF-SIMS
  • interfacial chemistry
  • interface
  • coatings
  • corrosion protection

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