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Thermally stable black metal oxide-based modified pigment mix for solar selective absorbers

Amruta Joglekar-Athavale (Dyestuff Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India)
Ganapti S. Shankarling (Dyestuff Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India)

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 13 January 2021

Issue publication date: 11 May 2021




A mixed metal oxide-based spinel ceramic pigment has been successfully synthesized incorporating inorganic, high-temperature stable furnace cement as an inbuilt binder. Step by step synthesis was done for the spinel and cement mix formulations.


The pigment mix was synthesized by a solid-solid method where the inorganic binder was incorporated in the mix. The results suggested that CoCuMn-based spinel ceramic pigment with cement mix could be obtained at an annealing temperature of 1,100ºC for 1 h and the size, morphology and crystallinity of spinel mix were greatly influenced by the calcination temperature.


The pigment mix synthesized was applied as a coating to different substrates such as aluminum, glass and Mild steel. The results revealed that spectral selectivity of TSSS paint coatings based on the CoMnCu spinel ceramic mix was much better than that of solvent-based coatings for high-temperature applications. The presence of cement as an inorganic binder makes the functioning and application of paint easy as it becomes that of a waterborne type.


Ease of application, stability at high temperatures, best absorptivity at the solar selective spectrum and excellent adhesion properties for the selected surface are the key features of the designed pigment system. The applied pigment mix was studied as a coating to get the results for solar selective system.



Joglekar-Athavale, A. and Shankarling, G.S. (2021), "Thermally stable black metal oxide-based modified pigment mix for solar selective absorbers", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 50 No. 3, pp. 241-254.



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