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On the Influence of Surfactant Incorporation during Electroless Nickel Plating

Nwosu, Nkem; Davidson, Alan; Hindle, Colin; Barker, Mike


Nkem Nwosu

Alan Davidson

Colin Hindle

Mike Barker


The effects of surfactants on the dynamics and characteristics of plain and composite electroless nickel plating (ENP) are highlighted and discussed herein. An outline of the rudiments of surfactants and some underlying selection criteria is presented at the outset, before emphasis is laid on the salient benefits of introducing such external agents during the plating process. Evidence suggests that their influence on key coating characteristics such as the rate of deposition, structure, corrosion resistance, and the degree of second-phase particle incorporation into the nickel matrix is significant, and depending on the nature and concentration of surfactant employed, can be of immense value to the system.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2012
Publication Date Apr 25, 2012
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2014
Journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Print ISSN 0888-5885
Electronic ISSN 1520-5045
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 16
Pages 5635-5644
Keywords electroless nickel plating(ENP); surfactants; coating characteristics;
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