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2016-07-01 - Colloque/Article dans les actes sans comité de lecture - Anglais - 7 page(s)

Bonin Luiza, Vitry Véronique , Delaunois Fabienne , "Influence of the anionic part of the surfactant on electroless nickel-boron coatings" in XXX International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT30) , Milan, Italie, 2016

  • Codes CREF : Chimie des surfaces et des interfaces (DI1327), Electrochimie hautes et basses températures (DI1326)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Métallurgie (F601)
  • Instituts UMONS : Institut de Recherche en Science et Ingénierie des Matériaux (Matériaux)
  • Centres UMONS : Ingénierie des matériaux (CRIM)
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(Anglais) Electroless plating is a process during which metallic salts (in our case nickel salts) are reduced in an aqueous medium by a chemical reducing agent. Selectivity and smooth operation of the process require that a stabilizing agent is used. It operates by blocking catalytic activity on unwanted germination sites and regulating the activity of the substrate. In the case of alkaline electroless nickel-boron plating systems, which use sodium (or potassium) borohydride as reducing agent, lead and thallium salts are the most popular stabilizers. However, there is little knowledge about the way the stabilizer acts. In this study, 4 different lead-based stabilizers (tungstate, sulphate, nitrate and chloride) have been used, all other things left constant, in electroless nickel-boron plating baths. The thickness, composition, roughness, morphology, hardness and structure of all the obtained coatings have been investigated, as well as the evolution of bath chemistry during plating. Chloride led to thinner deposits and the boron content varied between 5.5 wt.% for lead tungstate and 6.5 wt.% for lead nitrate and lead sulphate, with a lead content between 0.2 and 0.25 wt.%. This shows the influence of the anionic part of the stabilizing agent on the plating process.