Organic Matter

Published: | Updated: May 31, 2020

Definition - What does Organic Matter mean?

Organic matter refers to substances that are composed on a fundamental molecular level from compound cells originating from plants, animals and their associated products. The presence of organic matter on a material increases the rate of corrosion.

Corrosionpedia explains Organic Matter

The presence of organic matter on a metallic surface increases the rates of oxidization on the surface, typically due to decomposition. Increased rates of oxidation thus increase corrosion susceptibility.

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