MANUAL Published: 01 January 2012

Black Pigments


BLACK PIGMENTS FALL INTO THREE CLASSES [1] as described in Table 1. The first two classes derive their color characteristics from the element carbon, the third class from ferrous oxide, Fe3O4. Class 1 blacks are carbon blacks that are composed of 90 % or more elemental carbon. Class 2 blacks may be referred to as “carbonaceous pigments” and these contain from 8 % to 88 % elemental carbon.

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Spinelli, Frank
Technical consultant for Cabot Corporation, Billerica, MA
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Developed by Committee: D01
Pages: 204–214
DOI: 10.1520/MNL12200M
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-8891-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7017-9