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ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE PLASMA PROCESSING OF PIGMENTS

Objective


A fully robust continuous-feed industrial prototype reactor was designed capable of processing powder. Subsequent testing indicated that the system was incapable of surface engineering the organics, without causing decomposition of the pigment molecules, or the carbon black, without resulting in surface oxidation.
This project targets a synergistic synthesis of two established technologies, namely plasma surface engineering of pigments and the generation of atmospheric pressure, large volume, chemically reactive plasmas. The project output will comprise a new generic industrial process for the pigment industry allowing tailoring of pigment surfaces for optimum ink, paint, coating and other products. Not only will new inks/paints/coatings etc. result but a major environmental and commercial cost benefit will ensue with increased energy efficiency in the manufacturing process and a >50% reduction in the use of Volatile Organic Compounds.

Pigments, inks, etc. comprise ~40 billion ECU global industry and project output will confer major price, product performance and environmental benefits on EC industry.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL MICROELECTRONIC RES. CENTRE
Address
Lee Maltings, Prospect Row
Cork
Ireland

Participants (3)

CABOT BV
Netherlands
Address
Archimedesweg 15
2300 AC Leiden
Coates Brothers plc
United Kingdom
Address
5 Station Lane
OX8 6XZ Witney
UNIV DUBLIN CITY
Ireland
Address
Glasnevin
Dublin 9