Electrochemical Techniques, Impedance, and Spectroscopy

  • Shengxi Li
  • Qixin Zhou
  • Hongbo CongEmail author
Reference work entry


Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a powerful technique for characterizing a wide range of electrochemical systems. It is based on the application of a small amplitude, alternating current signal to the systems, and therefore is considered a non-destructive technique. This chapter begins with a brief introduction of the fundamentals of EIS, then focuses on instrumentation characteristics, especially the various electrode configurations, and finally discusses the wide applications of EIS in corrosion studies. The applications of EIS in the following corrosion topics are reviewed: atmospheric corrosion, corrosion in concrete, coatings and films, inhibitors, high-temperature corrosion, oil and gas industry-related corrosion, microbiologically influenced corrosion, and stress corrosion cracking. For each application, besides the review of the capability of EIS, typical equivalent circuit models are also highlighted. In some applications, the limitations of EIS measurements are also pointed out.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Corrosion Engineering ProgramThe University of AkronAkronUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ida Nathan
    • 1
  • Norbert Meyendorf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nondestructive EvaluationIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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