J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 46(6); 2009 > Article
 Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2009;46(6): 615. doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2009.46.6.615
 Synthesis of Sphene-pink Pigment under Various Firing Conditions Hyun-Soo Lee, Joo-Seok Park1, Byung-Ha Lee Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Myongji University1Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering & Technology ABSTRACT The present research was performed to determine the optimal firing condition and holding time for malayaite crystal, which is responsible for the stable pink-red coloration in glaze at high temperatures, using Cr$Cl_3$ as chromophore for the synthesis of $Cr_2O_3-SnO_2-CaO-SiO_2$ system pigments. The malayaite crystal was influenced by the raw materials used for synthesis, firing temperature, and holding time. Thus there are differences in the crystal phase and in the coloration according to the condition of synthesis. When Cr$Cl_3$ was used as chromophore, the pigment could be synthesized at lower temperatures, because Cr$Cl_3$ melts at $1500{^{circ}C}$, which is much lower than the temperature at which $Cr_2O_3$ melts (higher than $2435{^{circ}C}$). And the employed Cr ion showed a change in oxidation state. When a mineralizer was used to improve the employment of malayaite and the Cr ion, and the low temperature was maintained at which the malayaite crystal is produced, the production of malayaite crystal was promoted and the employment of chromophore was also promoted in the oxidation state of Cr (IV). The results of the experiment showed that the optimal firing condition was 18 h of holding time at $800{^{circ}C}$, using Cr$Cl_3$ as chromophore, followed by 2 h at the raised temperature of $1150{^{circ}C}$. The change in coloration of the Cr (IV) employed by malayaite showed a very rich color of red. Thus it was possible to effectively synthesize sphene-pink pigments with more red tint at a low temperature. Key words: Malayaite, Sphene, $CrCl_3$, Pink, Pigment
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