Effect of alloying elements on the electronic properties of passive films formed on carbon steel, ferritic and austenitic stainless steels in a highly concentrated LiBr solution

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Revista Thin Solid Films

Abstract

The influence of alloying elements on the electrochemical and semiconducting properties of thin passive films formed on several steels (carbon steel, ferritic and austenitic stainless steels) has been studied in a highly concentrated lithium bromide (LiBr) solution at 25 °C, by means of potentiodynamic tests and Mott¿Schottky analysis. The addition of Cr to carbon steel promoted the formation of a p-type semiconducting region in the passive film. A high Ni contentmodified the electronic behaviour of highly alloyed austenitic stainless steels.Mo did notmodify the electronic structure of the passive films, but reduced the concentration of defects.