Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments

EPA Contract Number: 68D98163
Title: Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments
Investigators: Routkevitch, Dimitri
Small Business: Nanomaterials Research Corporation
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 1998 through September 1, 2000
Project Amount: $225,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1998) 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 over 95% of the United States and world wide 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 hazardous metal-based chemicals commerce. A technology that can provide cost-effective, nonpolluting alternative to pigments with nonhazardous formulation while maintaining color performance would make a major impact in preventing pollution. The feasibility study successfully demonstrated that precision nanolaminated materials with tailored optical properties have a strong potential for application as specialty high performance pigments and colored coatings. Based on the success of Phase I, the Phase II effort will optimize and scale up the technology and produce hazardous metal-free color pigment and coatings.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 2 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

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

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report

  • SBIR Phase I:

    Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments