Synthesis of Polypyrrole/CeO2 Nanocomposite and its Application for Improving the Corrosion Protection of Acrylic Waterborne Coating on Mild Steel

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Department of Chemistry, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman 76175, Iran

2 Department of Chemistry, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman, Iran


In this work, polypyrrole/CeO2 nanocomposite (NC) was synthesized in the presence of methyl
orange as a reactive self-degraded soft template. The field emission scanning electron microscopy
(FESEM) images indicate that the CeO2 NPs have a nucleus effect and cause a homogenous PPy
core–shell type morphology with an encapsulation of the CeO2 core by the PPy shell. The effect of
NC on acrylic waterborne coatings for preventing the corrosion of mild steel in 0.50 M HCl solution
was evaluated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The choice of waterborne coatings
was made on the basis of environment and human health considerations. The electrochemical
impedance data obtained from both blank and coating with polypyrrole/CeO2 nanocomposite samples
were ?tted with an equivalent circuit containing two time constants. The protection ef?ciency (PE)
was measured from EIS method. According to the obtained PE values the coating with
nanocomposite demonstrated higher corrosion resistance compared to blank coating.