D. Pavlov, M. Bojinov, T. Laitinen
The corrosion processes at open circuit conditions and in the active dissolution region of antimony, at low anodic overpotentials, have been studied in sulphuric acid solutions. It was established that antimony dissolution at open circuit is coupled to oxygen reduction, which occurs via the hydrogen peroxide route. The rate of antimony dissolution was found to increase linearly with increasing acid concentration. Based on potentiodynamic, galvanodynamic and steady-state measurements as well as ac impedance data possible mechanisms for the corrosion processes at open circuit as well as for the dissolution of antimony in the active region are proposed and discussed.