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Review - Interactions between diatoms and stainless steel: focus on biofouling and biocorrosion
Landoulsi, J.; Cooksey, K.E.; Dupres, V. (2011). Review - Interactions between diatoms and stainless steel: focus on biofouling and biocorrosion. Biofouling (Print) 27(10): 1105-1124.
In: Biofouling. Taylor & Francis: Chur; New York. ISSN 0892-7014; e-ISSN 1029-2454, more
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    Bacillariophyceae [WoRMS]
    Marine; Brackish water; Fresh water
Author keywords
    biofilm; diatom; ennoblement; passive film; atomic force microscopy;electrochemistry

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  • Landoulsi, J.
  • Cooksey, K.E.
  • Dupres, V.

    There is a considerable body of information regarding bacterially enhanced corrosion, however, this review focuses on diatoms (unicellular algae) whose contribution to biocorrosion is less well studied. The reasons why diatoms have been neglected in studies of biocorrosion in natural waters are discussed and the question whether diatoms should be considered as inert with respect of electrochemical processes is considered. A particular focus is given to the case of stainless steels (SS), which are widely used in variety of applications in natural waters. Basic information on the cell biology of diatoms is included in the review, particularly with respect to their ability to 'sense' and adhere to surfaces. Investigations at the nanoscale are reviewed as these studies provide information about the behavior of cells at interfaces. Recent advances include the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM), although only a few studies have been applied to diatoms. Regarding the electrochemical behavior of SS, the mechanisms by which diatoms influence the potential ennoblement process is discussed. Such studies reveal the association of diatoms, in addition to bacteria, with biocorrosion processes.

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