Application of Essential Oils as Green Corrosion Inhibitors

S. M.Z. Hossain, S. A. Razzak, M. M. Hossain*

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This review reports the application of essential oils (EOs) as a green corrosion/biocorrosion inhibitor. The topics discussed are: (i) sources and composition of EOs, (ii) adsorption mechanism, (iii) anticorrosion effects of EOs on metal surfaces, (iv) electrochemical investigations, (v) antimicrobial activity of EOs on corrosion-producing bacteria and algae, (vi) synergetic effects of EOs, and (vii) economical aspect and application of inhibitors. Various aspects of biofilms are discussed to identify microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) and the characterization of microorganisms causing MIC. The studies indicate that EOs have the potential as eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors in both aggressive chemicals and biofilm environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7137-7159
Number of pages23
JournalArabian Journal for Science and Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) through Project No. DF181018. S.M.Z. Hossain would like to thank Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.


  • Corrosion
  • Essential oil
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion
  • Solid-phase microextraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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