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Key ingredients in stopping corrosive behavior identified

May 07, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Researchers honored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) have identified a group of surfactants that are highly effective in acid cleaning formulations in preventing the corrosion of steel surfaces, according to a press release.

ACI recognizes the best paper published during the previous year in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents; the award was presented at the American Oil Chemists'' Society (AOCS) 103rd Annual Meeting, the release stated.

"Acid cleaning is a well-accepted industrial method to remove the rust, contaminations and mill scale from mild steel surfaces," said Dr. Mohammad Mahdavian, assistant professor in the Polymer Engineering Department at Sahand University in Tabriz, Iran.

"However, the strong corrosivity of acid cleaning formulations could cause corrosion and material loss. Corrosion inhibitors are therefore often used in such formulations," Mahdavian added.

Dr. Mahdavian was honored along with his co-authors, Dr. Ali Reza Tehrani-Bagha and Dr. Krister Holmberg, professors of applied surface chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, the release noted.

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