The influence of outward extracellular electron transfer (EET) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in accelerating corrosion of 304 stainless steel was investigated. With less NO3− available as electron acceptor, P. aeruginosa biofilm accelerated the pitting corrosion. The ICP-MS and XPS results indicated that P. aeruginosa promoted the bioreductive dissolution of iron oxides in the passive film of stainless steel. Using in situ scanning electrochemical microscopy, we established a relationship between this accelerated deterioration of the passive film and the EET process mediated by the conversion of the redox states of pyocyanin secreted by P. aeruginosa.
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- Extracellular electron transfer
- Microbiological corrosion
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Stainless steel