Titanium dioxide

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Titanium Dioxide is a molecule composed of one titanium atom and two oxygen atoms. It is abbreviated Ti02.


"[Titanium dioxide] is one of the top fifty chemicals produced worldwide. It is a white, opaque and naturally- occurring mineral found in two main forms: rutile and anatase. Both forms contain pure titanium dioxide that is bound to impurities. Titanium dioxide is chemically processed to remove these impurities, leaving the pure, white pigment available for use. Titanium dioxide has a variety of uses, as it is odorless and absorbent. This mineral can be found in many products, ranging from paint to food to cosmetics. In cosmetics, it serves several purposes. It is a white pigment, an opacifier and a sunscreen."[1]
"Titanium dioxide accounts for 70% of the total production volume of pigments worldwide. It is widely used to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and toothpastes. It is also used in cosmetic and skin care products, and it is present in almost every sunblock, where it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light."[2]

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  1. Lori Stryker, "Titanium Dioxide: Toxic or Safe?, The Organic Makeup Company, Accessed July 20, 2013.
  2. "Titanium Dioxide Classified as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans," Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Accessed July 20, 2013.

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