Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Recycling Chemicals Used in Electroless Plating
Because nickel coating improves corrosion resistance, surface luster, reflectivity, hardness, and wear resistance, many consumer and industrial products are protected by a layer of nickel. Unfortunately, the process of nickel plating generates large amounts of waste which is both hazardous and expensive to handle. Engineers at Oak Ridge have developed a technology known as ENVIRO-CP which eliminates these problems. By simple and cost efficient technology, plating solutions from electroless nickel baths are not only treated to result in environmentally benign chemicals, but the nickel waste itself is rejuvenated and recycled. Because of the obvious advantages of the Electroless Plating Recycling System, Oak Ridge has licensed the process to one company and a second company is pursuing a license. An additional benefit of this process is that it may be extended to other plating solutions with equal effectiveness. Use of this ENVIRO-CP has the potential of saving the plating industry millions of dollars in energy and disposal costs.
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.