A common name for natural or synthetic Zirconium oxide. Synthetic zirconia can be prepared as a clear high refractive index crystal that is used as a synthetic diamond. It can also be prepared as a hard, dense, white ceramic material used for high temperature insulation and abrasives. Zirconium oxide is also used as a glaze ingredient, a catalyst, a refractory material in fire brick, and an opacifier in ceramics.
Synonyms and Related Terms
zirconium dioxide; zircone (Fr.); Zirkondioxid (Deut.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "zirconia" [Accessed 20 Sept. 2005].
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconia (Accessed Sept. 20, 2005)