Novel Process for Functional Chromium Plating from Non-Toxic Trivalent Chromium (Cr(III)) Plating Bath

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$219,788.00
Award Year:
1995
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
27096
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Faraday Technology Inc.
3155 Research Blvd #105, Dayton, OH, 04520
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Chengdong Zhou
Principal Investigator
(513) 252-2113
Business Contact:
(513) 252-2113
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Chromium coatings are widely used in various industries. Functional chromium is currently plated from a Cr(VI) bath. However, Cr(VI) is identified as one of 17 "high-priority" toxic chemicals by the EPA. Compared to Cr(VI), Cr(III) is environmentally benign and the waste disposal cost is significantly reduced. However, functional chromium coatings are not currently available from a Cr(III) bath due to: (1) equivalent or greater chromium coating thickness, slightly highre plating rate, and higher current efficiency, (2) equivalent hardness, and (3) compatibility with current practice. Phase II work will include: (1) process optimization, (2) extended coating characterization, (3) economic verification, and (4) precommercial demonstration.

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