Corrosion inhibitors

Using biobased chemicals to limit corrosion costs

Key features:

  • Reduced toxicity
  • Reduced economic losses
  • Improved structural safety


  • Water treatment
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Oil and gas exploration

The use of corrosion inhibitors to maintain and protect metal surfaces from environmental degradation is ubiquitous. While some inorganic compounds are known to be effective for corrosion inhibition, many of these compounds are known to have negative toxicity properties. Significant interest exists in finding effective organic corrosion inhibitors that can be used as replacements. To date, there has been limited success in predicting what organic chemical structures will impart the desired inhibition. We are systematically discovering promising novel organic corrosion inhibitors by generating chemical libraries by modifying unique starting molecules that can only be accessed from biobased feedstocks.

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