Porous anodic alumina growth in borax electrolyte

A. Baron-Wiechec*, P. Skeldon, J. J. Ganem, I. C. Vickridge, G. E. Thompson

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Ion beam analysis and electron microscopy have been employed to investigate the formation of anodic films on aluminum in a borax electrolyte under potentiostatic conditions. The results indicate the initial growth of a barrier film, containing boron species, followed by growth of boron-free alumina, containing pores. The efficiency of porous film formation is ̃45%, owing to the loss of Al3+ species to the electrolyte. 18O tracer is retained in the film as pores develop, which is suggested to be related to the inward transport of the O2- ions in the growing alumina. In contrast, boron species are lost from the film, which is attributed to the field-assisted dissolution of the alumina as pores develop in the boron-containing region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C583-C589
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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