Effect of doping Bi on oxygen evolution potential and corrosion behavior of Pb-based anode in zinc electrowinning

  • Yan-qing Lai (赖延清)Email author
  • Shui-ping Zhong (衷水平)
  • Liang-xing Jiang (蒋良兴)
  • Xiao-jun Lü (吕晓军)
  • Pei-ru Chen (陈佩如)
  • Jie Li (李 劼)
  • Ye-xiang Liu (刘业翔)


A new anodic material of ternary Pb-0.8%Ag-(0–5.0%)Bi alloy for zinc electrowinning was obtained by doping Bi. The anodic oxygen evolution potential, corrosion rate, surface products after polarization, and microstructures before and after polarization were studied and compared with those of Pb-0.8%Ag anode used in industry. The results show the anodic overpotential decreases with the increase of Bi content in the alloys. When the content of Bi is 1.0% (mass fraction), the anodic overpotential is 40–50 mV lower than that of Pb-0.8%Ag anode. While the corrosion rate decreases and then increases with the increase of Bi content. The Pb-0.8%Ag-0.1%Bi anode has the lowest corrosion rate (0.090 6 mg/(h·cm2). Doping Bi influences the structure of the anodic layer, but does not change the phase. The Pb-0.8%Ag-1.0%Bi anode layer is of a more fine-grained structure compared with Pb-0.8%Ag anode.

Key words

Pb-Ag anode doping Bi zinc electrowinning oxygen evolution potential corrosion rate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yan-qing Lai (赖延清)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shui-ping Zhong (衷水平)
    • 1
  • Liang-xing Jiang (蒋良兴)
    • 1
  • Xiao-jun Lü (吕晓军)
    • 1
  • Pei-ru Chen (陈佩如)
    • 1
  • Jie Li (李 劼)
    • 1
  • Ye-xiang Liu (刘业翔)
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Metallurgical Science and EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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