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Title: The anodic surface film and hydrogen evolution on Mg

This paper clarifies that the inner and outer layers of the anodic film consist of a nano/micro-porous MgO+Mg(OH) 2 mixture. The film becomes thicker and more porous with increasing potential. It can rupture when potential is too positive in a non-corrosive Mg(OH) 2 solution. Hydrogen evolution becomes more intensive as polarization potential increases, particularly when the potential at the film-covered Mg surface is close to or more positive than the hydrogen equilibrium potential, suggesting that an “anodic hydrogen evolution” (AHE) reaction occurs on the substrate Mg in film pores, and the significantly intensified AHE causes film rupture at high potential.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Corrosion Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 98; Journal ID: ISSN 0010-938X
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; A. magnesium; B. EIS; B. TEM; B. SEM; C. anodic dissolution; C. negative difference effect