© The Author(s) 2014. Published by ECS. Successful in situ spatiotemporal tracking of corrosion processes occurring at heterogeneous Mg alloy microstructures was achieved through tandem analyses involving electron and electrochemical microscopies. Through cross-correlation of scanning electron microscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy images and subsequent analytical transmission electron microscopy, the morphology and chemical composition of microstructural components on the surface of a sand-cast AM50 Mg alloy were related to their respective local evolution of H2 with micron scale resolution prior to, during and post corrosion. The results confirm that the preferential water reduction sites in the initial stages of corrosion are the Al8Mn5 intermetallics while a β-Mg17Al12 precipitate contaminated with Ni becomes cathodically active at a later stage of corrosion. This approach demonstrates the power of correlative approaches to probe and understand local electrochemical phenomena.
Dauphin-Ducharme, P., Matthew Asmussen, R., Tefashe, U. M., Danaie, M., Jeffrey Binns, W., Jakupi, P., … Mauzeroll, J. (2014). Local Hydrogen Fluxes Correlated to Microstructural Features of a Corroding Sand Cast AM50 Magnesium Alloy. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 161(12), C557–C564. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0571412jes