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Optimization of electrodeposition processes for tin coatings

McGill University
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  • Engineering
  • Materials Science.


Tin electrodeposition on glassy carbon and steel from acid sulfate electrolytes proceeds via the 3D (Volmer-Weber) mechanism. On low carbon steel substrates, 3D tin crystallites are initially formed preferentially on step edges, followed by fast deposition of other sites with much smaller and densely packed crystallites of about 150-180 nm in diameter. It was discovered that hydrogen co-evolution and gelatin have a synergy effect contributing to the fast and complete coverage of steel substrate with tin. The cathodic potential oscillation of tin (II) reduction in the tin electrolyte is attributed to the depletion and restoration of tin ions on the cathode surface.

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