Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Corrosion Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Qixin Zhou

First Reader

Rajeev Gupts

Second Reader

Edward A. Evans



The purpose of this project was to identify the qualities of two synthesized organic pigments added to a coating. These high-performance pigments were benzodipyrrolidone and benzodifuranone, which are π-conjugated monomers. These pigments were each formulated into two different pigment concentrations and compared with a control that had no pigment. This project is limited by time constraints and the number of variables that can be tested in that time. Performance testing was conducted to evaluate the qualities of these coatings. The results demonstrated that the coatings were reproducible and most tests had results that were equal to or exceeded the results of the control. This project was worth doing because it laid the groundwork for future research that could result in an excellent corrosion and UV resistant coating. The pigments tested have potential to produce exceptional and desirable qualities to the coating in which it is imparted. This paper is submitted as part of graduation requirements for the University of Akron Williams Honors College, 2018.