Titanium oxide (TiO2) is available in the form of nanocrystals or nanodots having a high surface area. They exhibit magnetic properties. Titanium belongs to Block D, Period 4 while oxygen belongs to Block P, Period 2 of the periodic table. Titanium oxide is also known as flamenco, rutile, titanium dioxide and dioxotitanium. Titanium oxide nanoparticles are known for their ability to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent further formation of cell structures.
Given below are some of the chief applications of titanium oxide:
Titanium oxide exhibits good photo catalytic properties, hence is used in antiseptic and antibacterial compositions
Degrading organic contaminants and germs
As a UV-resistant material
Manufacture of printing ink, self-cleaning ceramics and glass, coating, etc.
Making of cosmetic products such as sunscreen creams, whitening creams, morning and night creams, skin milks, etc.
Used in the paper industry for improving the opacity of paper.