Metal Injection Molding to Prevent Pollution from Automotive and Steel Industry

EPA Contract Number: 68D98144
Title: Metal Injection Molding to Prevent Pollution from Automotive and Steel Industry
Investigators: Yadav, Tapesh
Small Business: Nanomaterials Research Corporation
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1998 through March 1, 1999
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Nanotechnology , SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The automotive and steel industries impact over $450 billion dollars/year worth of commerce within the U.S. alone. Innovations in these industries impact our economy and environment in a major way and, therefore, are particularly desirable. Operations from these industries that are of considerable interest are metal-derived automotive parts manufacturing and assembly, metal finishing, coatings, and manufacture of useful products from iron and steel. Presently, enormous amounts of finish waste, environmentally undesirable byproducts, and emissions result from these operations. This SBIR project aims to demonstrate and develop an enabling technology based on nanoscale metal and alloy powders that can dramatically reduce at the source the use of polluting and hazardous substances. The proposed technology has the following potential advantages: (1) elimination of the need for very high forming temperatures and associated greenhouse gas emissions; (2) reduction, by over 90% of the formation of secondary hazardous metal wastes, as well as gaseous, liquid, and solid wastes over current levels; (3) improvement of yield from raw materials (reduces environmental impact from raw materials industries); and (4) production of products of improved quality (density, tolerance, mechanical properties, and reliability).

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, pollution prevention, hazardous/solid waste, air emissions, engineering, chemistry, EPA., Scientific Discipline, Air, Water, Sustainable Industry/Business, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Wastewater, Technology for Sustainable Environment, New/Innovative technologies, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, automotive supply chain, air pollutants, cleaner production, air pollution, hazardous waste, emissions, alternative materials, alternative technology, alloy powders, innovative technology, nanoscale metal powders, innovative technologies, air emissions, coatings, industrial innovations, pollution prevention

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