• adsorption isotherm;
  • corrosion inhibitor;
  • N,N-bis(2-benzimidazolylmethyl)amine;
  • polarization curves


The main purpose of this paper is to systematically evaluate the anti-corrosion property of N,N-bis(2-benzimidazolylmethyl)amine (IDB), which is a novel good thermal stabilized inhibitor in acidic medium. Results obtained from electrochemical tests and corrosion surface morphology analyses reveal that IDB performs excellently as corrosion inhibitor for Q235 steel in 1 mol/L hydrochloric acid corrosive solution. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements show that IDB inhibits both the anodic and cathodic processes of corrosion and exhibits as a mixed-type inhibitor. Besides, the inhibiting efficiency (IE%) and consequently the degree of surface coverage (θ) increase with the inhibitor concentration rising. And when the concentration is 20 × 10−5 mol/L, the corrosion inhibition effect is best to reach 96.39%. The adsorption of inhibitor on Q235 steel is found to obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm, and the calculated Gibbs free energy demonstrates that IDB spontaneously adsorbs and forms a protective chemisorbed film on Q235 steel to restrain its corrosion. Hereby, IDB will become a promising corrosion inhibitor in further.