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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: C. Costa, S. Crispim, S. Lima, C. Paskocimas, E. Longo, V. Fernandes, A. Araújo, and I. Santos

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The high-density polyethylene, thermoplastic widely-used in the production of industrial domestic utilities, was collected in two situations: virgin high-density polyethylene (JV 060) and post-consumption high-density polyethylene (with features of low-density polyethylene). After collecting the samples, they were submitted to natural aging with the quantification of the incident solar radiation for 180 days. The samples were characterized by melt flow index, differential scanning calorimetry, tensile strength, rupture load, elongation at break and infrared. The results showed that after 180 days of exposure the virgin high-density polyethylene presented physical properties similar to the post-consumption polyethylene.

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The synthesis and the characterization of Al2O3-based nanocrystalline inorganic pigments are reported. The pigments were synthesized by the polymeric precursor (Pechini method) using Cr2O3 as chromophore. XRD results only evidenced the corundum phase. The average particle size was about 34 nm. The samples were also characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG), and CIE-L*a*b* calorimetry. The pigments obtained in this work presented different colors, ranging from green to rose.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: C. Xavier, C. Costa, S. Crispim, M. Bernardi, M. Maurera, M. Conceiçăo, E. Longo, and A. Souza

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The pigments used in ceramic applications are of nature predominantly inorganic and they should be thermally stable, insoluble in glazing, resistant to the chemical and physical agents' attacks. This work aimed at the synthesis by the polymeric precursor method of ZrO2-based inorganic pigments, doped with Fe, Ni, Co, Cr and Cu cations. The fired pigments were characterized by thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Among the metals used to zirconium-doping, the best result was achieved with the cations Cu, which presented the monophase pigment, even as 20 mol% of dopant. Up to the temperature of 1000C the pigments presented a good thermal stability.

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