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Anticorrosive performance of titanium dioxide‐talc hybrid pigments in alkyd paint formulations for protection of steel structures

Nivin M. Ahmed (Polymers and Pigments Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt)
Mohamed M. Selim (Department of Physical Chemistry, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt)

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 25 May 2010



The purpose of this paper is to investigate the anticorrosive effects of a new pigment based on bulk of talc covered with a surface layer of titanium dioxide.


The new pigments were characterized using different analytical and spectro‐photometric techniques. Characterization of these pigments using X‐ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The energy‐dispersive X‐ray analysis technique was used to assure the presence of titanium dioxide on talc surface, then X‐ray fluorescence (XRF) was employed to elucidate the concentration of different elements in the prepared pigments. Evaluation of these pigments was undertaken using international standard testing methods. The pigments were then incorporated in solvent‐based paint formulations based on medium oil alkyd resin. The physico‐mechanical properties of dry films and their corrosion properties were tested using accelerated laboratory tests in 3.5 percent NaCl for 28 days.


The results of this work reveal that as the layer of titanium dioxide is increased in thickness, enhanced anticorrosive properties of the new pigments are obtained.

Practical implications

These pigments can be applied in other polymer composites, e.g. rubber and plastics, as a reinforcing agent.


These prepared pigments are environmentally friendly and impart high anticorrosive behavior to paint films, a unique homogenous texture, and deliver concomitant cost savings.



Ahmed, N.M. and Selim, M.M. (2010), "Anticorrosive performance of titanium dioxide‐talc hybrid pigments in alkyd paint formulations for protection of steel structures", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 57 No. 3, pp. 133-141.



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