Zirconium Oxide (or Zirconia) products demonstrate good mechanical properties and stability at elevated temperatures. Zirconium oxides also have excellent chemical inertness and resistant to corrosion. All of these properties make zirconium oxide ideal for use in refractory products, ceramics materials and electronic applications.
Zirconium Oxide is also a highly versatile material when combined with other elements. Addition of yttrium oxide unlocks the tetragonal polymorph and further enhances the mechanical properties and form materials suitable for advanced ceramic applications. These include cutting tools, abrasives, milling media and even medical implants including dental prosthetics. Further addition of yttrium oxide yields the cubic polymorph and can lead to function ceramics which can conduct oxygen ions. Applications include materials for fuel cells, used in oxygen sensors and cubic zirconia for jewellery. PZT, Glass, bone cement.
Zirconium Oxide doped with magnesium oxide can produce partially stabilized materials which offer thermal resistance and tough materials, ideal for use in refractories.
Zirconium Oxide for electronic applications typically combine zirconia with other metal oxides such as Lead and Titanium oxide to form Lead Zirconium Titanate (PZT). PZT’s are used in ultrasound devices, guidance systems and sensors. Zirconium oxide can also be used in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells either as zirconia or in yttria stabilized form.