There is an intensive effort underway to develop new plant origin corrosion inhibitors for metal subjected to various environmental conditions. These efforts have been motivated by the desire to replace toxic inhibitors used for mitigation of corrosion of various metals and alloys in aqueous solutions. Plants represent a class of interesting source of compounds currently being explored for use in metal corrosion protection in most systems, as possible replacement of toxic synthetic inhibitors. In this review article, research results on the use of eco-friendly phytochemicals as corrosion inhibitors have been summarized. A general introduction to the topic of corrosion mitigation by inhibitors is presented followed by extensive literature survey on the use of natural inhibitors for corrosion control of metals and alloys in different corrosive media.
Tanz. J. Sci. Vol 35 2009, 77-92