Inhibition of copper corrosion in chloride solution by caffeine isolated from black tea

Senka Gudić, Emeka Emanuel Oguzie, Ani Radonić, Ladislav Vrsalović, Ivana Smoljko, Maja Kliškić


Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine) was isolated from black tea and characterized using different physical methods (determination of melting point, thin layer chromatography, FTIR spectroscopy and UV spectrophotometry). The corrosion inhibition performance of the caffeine isolate on copper corrosion in neutral 0.5 mol L-1 NaCl solution was investigated using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. The obtained results show that caffeine effectively inhibited the corrosion reaction in the chloride solution with inhibition efficiency up to » 92 %. Furthermore, caffeine was found to function essentially as a cathodic inhibitor by adsorption on the copper surface according to the Langmuir adsorption isotherm. The adsorption free energy of » –37 kJ mol-1 indicates strong adsorption of the caffeine on the metal surface. Quantum chemical computations and molecular dynamics simulations were adapted to understudy the adsorption of a single caffeine molecule as well as a polymeric cluster of caffeine molecules on a model Cu surface at a molecular level and show good agreement with the experimental findings.


adsorption isotherm; caffeine; copper; corrosion; inhibition

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