Solvent-Free Production of Performance Ceramics

EPA Contract Number: 68D60029
Title: Solvent-Free Production of Performance Ceramics
Investigators: Yadav, Tapesh
Small Business: Nanomaterials Research Corporation
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1996 through March 1, 1997
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Nanotechnology , SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The performance ceramics industry produces and sells over $18 billion dollars/year worth of ceramics products, and with 23% annual growth rate, it is the fastest growing segment of all industries listed in SIC. While rapid advances are being made in applying performance ceramics to numerous high volume products such as energy storage, electronics, medical devices, optics, telecommunications, etc., the synthesis and processing technology for performance ceramics continues to be environmentally unsound. Of particular concern is the need for and the use of large quantities of environmentally harmful solvents and additives. This program aims to demonstrate and develop an enabling technology that can dramatically reduce at source the use of polluting and hazardous substances. The proposed process has the following potential advantages: 1) Eliminates the need for solvents during the synthesis and processing steps; 2) Reduces, by over 90%, the formation of secondary gaseous, liquid or solid wastes; 3) Recovers mass and heat by process integration; and 4) Produces performance ceramics of improved quality (monodisperse, nanosize particle with excellent properties. Phase I will establish the proof-of-concept, Phase II will optimize the technology, while Phase III will commercialize the proposed technology for environmentally benign synthesis and processing of performance ceramics.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry, Hazardous Waste, Environmental Engineering, Hazardous, ceramics, cleaner production, environmentally conscious manufacturing, waste minimization, waste reduction, clean technology, alternative materials, energy efficiency, engineering, solvent replacements, chemical releases, industrial innovations, pollution prevention, source reduction, solvent free production

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Solvent-Free Production of Performance Ceramics