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Inhibitor-Loaded Conducting Polymer Capsules for Active Corrosion Protection of Coating Defects


This work presents the synthesis of nanostructured hollow polyaniline (PANI) capsules and their application for encapsulation of corrosion inhibitor 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT). The pH-triggered release of MBT from the capsules was evidenced using UV–vis and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Incorporation of MBT loaded PANI capsules into epoxy ester coating on AA2024-T3 resulted in a protective system with self-healing ability confirmed by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET). The results showed that the incorporation of MBT-loaded PANI capsules into the coating has significantly improved its corrosion protection performance due to the interesting smart characteristics of PANI capsules.