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Titanium dioxide nanoneedles


Project TitleTitanium dioxide nanoneedles
Track Codencli-002
Short Description

A simple one step process for producing pure rutile titanium dioxide nanoneedles at room temperature with high aspect ratio and high morphology control. Potential applications in paints, coating, as photo catalysts, etc.



Titanium dioxide (TiO2) occurs in nature as rutile, anatase and brookite. Rutile is the most common and most stable form and has wide ranging applications. Producing pure rutile TiO2 has been very time-consuming or cost-intensive or both. Also, it was very difficult to control the morphology of the resulting product.


NCL’s technology involves a one-step electrochemical process for the synthesis of pure rutile TiO2 nanoneedles, with high aspect ratio, at room temperature. Nanoneedles with aspect ratio of ≥10 can be produced with very good control over the morphology of the resulting TiO2


• Large market potential with high growth rates- TiO2 market is expected to top $2.3 billion by 2012** and annual growth rate in India is expected to be around 8-10%*
• Nano-TiO2 sells at a very high premium over bulk TiO2; Nano-TiO2 is sold anywhere between $176 to $198/kg ***
• Raw titanium ores currently trade between $0.09 and $0.51/kg,
• Processed bulk TiO2 trades at approximately $2.21/kg
• Increasingly, more and more nano- TiO2 is expected to be used in place of bulk TiO2

*, **, *** Estimates of Upper Bounds and Trends in Nano-TiO2 Production As a Basis for Exposure Assessment, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2009, 43 (12), pp 4227–4233


• Less energy intensive (process carried out at room temperature)
• Ability to synthesize phase-pure rutile TiO2
• Reduced time for synthesis (as this process avoids any formation of intermediate amorphous powder or anatase phase and hence doesn’t need heat treatment to from rutile TiO2)
• Easier, cheaper, quicker process (when compared to previous methods of synthesis)


Rutile TiO2 is widely used as/in
• UV protecting agent
• In optical coatings
• Beam splitters
• Anti-reflection coating
• Humidity sensor
• High-temperature oxygen sensor
• Photo-catalyst
• Biomedicine


• Demonstrated at the lab scale
• On the lookout for potential partners for spin-off and licensing
• Patent applications filed: Indian #-0049/DEL/2009; PCT #- IN2010/000022


Case Manager: Magesh N
Phone: +91-20-25902982

Tagstitanium, nanotechnology, nanoneedles, rutile
Posted DateDec 30, 2011 6:41 AM


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