Water sorption and diffusional properties of a cured epoxy resin measured using alternating ionic liquids/aqueous electrolytes in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Brian R. Hinderliter, Kerry N. Allahar, Gordon P. Bierwagen, Dennis E. Tallman, Stuart G. Croll

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The protective quality of a coating is often measured by how long it delays the arrival of water to the substrate. The transport of water in, redistribution within, and eventually through a coating to the substrate has long been investigated through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). EIS measurements employing alternating nonaqueous (room temperature ionic liquids, RTIL) and aqueous electrolytes elucidated the behavior of water within the coating. Diffusion coefficients could be measured and the redistribution of water into percolating paths identified. The use of RTIL alternating with aqueous electrolytes allows determination of intrinsic properties (water volume fraction at saturation and relative dielectric) and kinetic properties predicted by the Brasher Kingsbury formulation. This article focuses on the sensitivity of these intrinsic and kinetic properties to test duration in an unique experimental method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Coatings Technology and Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008



  • Diffusion coefficient
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Ionic liquids
  • Water uptake

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