Influence of fluorinated graphene-modified epoxy coatings on the corrosion behaviour of 2024 aluminium alloy
This study provides an enhanced corrosion resistance of epoxy resin (EP) by embedding fluorinated graphene (FG) into the epoxy matrix. FG with different fluorine contents was obtained by reacting nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) gas with GO and then incorporated into the EP matrix to fabricate the different composites. Through a series of characterization methods, the chemical composition and microstructures of FG were systematically analyzed, and its corrosion resistance was also studied. Results revealed that F atoms were bonded to the GO surface to form C–F covalent bonds, and an FG lamellar thickness less than 2 nm. The contact angle of the coatings increased with the incorporation of FG, and the coating resistance of FG2/EP coating was 3 orders of magnitude more than that of the EP coating after immersion for 4080 h. Thus, the incorporation of FG into epoxy matrix significantly enhanced its hydrophobic properties and barrier performance, which was beneficial to improving the long-term corrosion resistance of the coating.