Bioimpact on weathering steel surfaces: Oxalates formation and the elucidation of their origin

Julene Aramendia, Leticia Gomez-Nubla, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Kepa Castro, Gorka Arana, Juan Manuel Madariaga
  • International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, October 2015, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2015.05.011

What is it about?

This study was carried out to elucidate the causes of irregularities and discolorations on the surface of parts of a weathering steel sculpture which had been in contact with wood pallets. Non-destructive analysis of the samples by Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of iron oxalates and calcium oxalates. Thermodynamic modeling suggested that the detected oxalates were produced by the reaction of oxalic acid, a potential metabolite excreted by microorganisms, and elements present in the steel surface such as iron. Carotenoids including β-carotene and astaxanthin, biomarkers for a large number of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, were also detected in samples.

The following have contributed to this page: Professor Juan Manuel Madariaga and Professor Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet