New benzimidazole derivatives as corrosion inhibitors for carbon steel in HCl solution

Ime Obot*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The corrosion inhibtion behaviour of two new benzimidazole derivatives namely 2-(2-Bromophenyl)-1H-benzimidazole (BPBA) and 2-(2-Bromophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-benzimidazole (BPMA) on carbon steel in 0.5 M HCl solution was investigated using electrochemical methods such as potentiodynamic polarization sweeps (Tafel plots) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle techniques were carried out to established the inhibitive properties of BPBA and BPMA on carbon steel. Computer simulations using density functional theory (DFT) was further employed to provide further insights into the mechanism of electron transfer from the inhibitors to the carbon steel surface. All the results confirmed that BPBA and BPMA are effective corrosion inhibitors for carbon steel. BPMA showed improve inhibition efficiency than BPBA which has been validated using experimental and theoretical approaches.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNACE - International Corrosion Conference Series
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 by Nace International.


  • Benzimidazoles
  • Carbon steel
  • DFT
  • EIS
  • HCl
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


Dive into the research topics of 'New benzimidazole derivatives as corrosion inhibitors for carbon steel in HCl solution'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this