Zirconium silicate

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Colorless tetragonal crystals. Zirconium silicate occurs in nature as the mineral Zircon, which is commonly found in beach sand (South Carolina, Florida). Zircon is used as a glaze ingredient, an abrasive, a catalyst, a refractory material in fire brick, and an opacifier in ceramics.

Synonyms and Related Terms

zirconium orthosilicate; zircon

Chemical structure

Zirconium silicate.jpg

Other Properties

Unaffected by aqueous reagents.

Composition ZrSiO4
CAS 10101-52-7
Melting Point 2550
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 183.31

Hazards and Safety

Contact may cause irritation.

Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 9986