Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments

EPA Contract Number: 68D70012
Title: Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments
Investigators: Yadav, Tapesh
Small Business: Nanomaterials Research Corporation
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1997 through March 1, 1998
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1997) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Nanotechnology , SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Inorganic color pigments based on hazardous metals such as chromium, mercury, cobalt, lead, etc., account for more than 95% of the U.S. and worldwide pigments consumption. Color pigments are commonly used by numerous industries and in various consumer products. It is estimated that they are one of the largest vehicles of heavy metal-based chemicals in commerce. A technology that can provide a cost-effective, nonpolluting alternative to pigments that has a nonhazardous formulation while maintaining color performance would make a major impact in preventing pollution. This program will enable the development of such a technology.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, pollution prevention, hazardous waste, engineering, chemistry., RFA, Toxics, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Contaminant Candidate List, HAPS, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Hazardous Waste, 33/50, Hazardous, metal free, alternatives to pigment, chromium & chromium compounds, Lead Compounds, cobalt, color pigments, alternative pigment, lead & lead compounds, hazardous metals, Cobalt Compounds, metal-free pigments, Chromium Compounds, mercury & mercury compounds, Mercury Compounds, metal-free, alternative to mercury

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments  | Final Report