Ultramarine blue pigment degradation in cementitious materials: a new approach to the phenomenon





Ultramarine blue pigment, Degradation, Cement, Cement paste


The paper analyses the degradation process of commercial ultramarine blue pigments in cementitious materials. For this purpose, two commercial pigments (with and without a protective coating) in different solutions and cement pastes are studied incrementally. The results show that pigment degradation occurs due to an ion exchange phenomenon; during hydration high ion contents are released, calcium and potassium being the most aggressive for the pigment. Calcium distorts the unit cell; between the sodium of the pigment and the potassium in the medium a cation exchange phenomenon takes place. Both processes lead to the diffusion of sulphate and sulphide ions from the pigment to the medium causing loss of colour and the formation of ettringite.


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How to Cite

Rodríguez de Sensale, G. ., Chinchón-Payá, S., de Lima, V., Aguado, A., & Segura, I. (2024). Ultramarine blue pigment degradation in cementitious materials: a new approach to the phenomenon. Materiales De Construcción, 74(353), e332. https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2024.357623



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Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Grant numbers BIA2013-49106-C2-1-R

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