What is titanium tetrachloride?
Titanium tetrachloride is a dense, colourless liquid that is highly reactive with water. It is formed in the chloride process used to produce titanium dioxide (TiO2).
Using the correct procedures, titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) can be safely handled in the production process and it is not used in consumer applications.
It is an important part of the production of TiO2 and to produce the metal titanium. It is also used to manufacture artificial pearls and iridescent glass (a type of coloured glass), and in Ziegler-Natta catalysts used to produce types of plastic.