Authors: Teresa To; Paul A. Kilmartin
Addresses: Hybrid Polymers Research Group, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand ' Hybrid Polymers Research Group, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract: Polyaniline films were deposited on marine grade 5083 aluminium, and were examined and characterised with the use of cyclic voltammetry, UV-Vis spectroscopy and SEM imaging. The polyaniline films were electrochemically synthesised from 0.5 M oxalic acid solutions containing 0.1 M aniline, under potentiostatic control. The presence of polyaniline was clearly seen by the presence of two sets of redox peaks in the voltammograms, and by two absorptions in the UV-visible spectrum. The successful application of polyaniline films with antimicrobial properties can potentially lead to future applications of antifouling coatings for use in the marine environment.
Keywords: polyaniline films; electrochemistry; antifouling coatings; electrochemical synthesis; marine grade aluminium; marine environment; antimicrobial properties; nanotechnology.
International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2014 Vol.11 No.5/6/7/8, pp.451 - 457
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