Titanium Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring earth mineral also known as Titania or TiO2, and is the naturally occurring oxide of titanium and the ninth most common mineral on planet earth.

TiO2 is a Common Earth Mineral - It takes four forms:

Rutile TiO2rutile TiO<sub>2</sub>
The most common crystalline structure. The densely packed crystals of rutile TiO2 reflect light well and are used as pigments and sun blockers. Global sales exceed $4.5billion per year.
Anatase TiO2anatase TiO<sub>2</sub>
Rarer anatase TiO2 has a more open crystal structure, is highly photocatalytic and the core of Titanium Dioxide Coatings technology. Rutile TiO2 Anatase TiO2

Brookite TiO2
Extremely rare and unstable. No commercial usage.

Amorphous TiO2
a non-crystalline form of Titania used to form adhesive and protective mineral films known as TioxoGuard.

TiO2 is widely used - Applications include:

  • Pigment - a typical gallon of paint contains one and a half pounds of TiO2
  • Sunscreen - High SPF sun tan lotions contain 8% to 25% TiO2
  • Food Additive - White aspirin tablets contain 2% TiO2

TiO2 is Safe

  • TiO2 is a non-toxic, inert mineral found in nature that has been classified by the US FDA as "GRAS" or "Generally Recognized as Safe".
  • The US FDA has approved TiO2 for use in food and materials as a "whitening agent" and in skin creams and lotions as a "sun-blocking agent".
  • The European Science Commission on Cosmetics and Food Products has found TiO2 to be safe in all forms (micronized and nanosized, active and inactive) for human use and consumption.

Did You Know?

Titanium Dioxide Coatings products can be applied to virtually any surface, including buildings, signs, solar panels, sidewalks, outdoor furniture, holding tanks, boats, and planes.

Annual Savings

"UVPCO air cleaner for gaseous contaminants may be beneficial for the large-scale treatment of air in occupied buildings and may ultimately allow for a 50% reduction of Outside Air supply in offices and other buildings as an energy conservation measure" according to a September 2005 report on UV PCO for Indoor Air Applications issued by the Indoor Environment Department of the E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

TiO2 is Safe

The European Science Commission on Cosmetics and Food Products has found TiO2 to be safe in all forms (micronized and nanosized, active and inactive) for human use and consumption.
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