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

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27096
Amount: $219,788.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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3155 Research Blvd #105, Dayton, OH, 04520
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Principal Investigator
 Dr. Chengdong Zhou
 Principal Investigator
 (513) 252-2113
Business Contact
Phone: (513) 252-2113
Research Institution
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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