Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles global market
The market for zirconium oxide nanoparticles (nano-ZrO2 ) is predicted to grow significantly in the coming years, due to it’s increased usage in high growth markets such as electronic displays, thermal barrier and wear-resistant coatings, medical and dental implants and solid oxide fuel cells. There is an increased demand in these markets for high performance materials to meet both consumer and regulatory needs. Secondary markets that will also experience moderate to medium growth include sensors and catalysts. Zirconium oxide nanoparticles cross-cut the coatings (thermal barrier, anti-corrosion, wear-resistant) and composites (medical, dental, engineering, ceramics) sectors.Main target markets for nano-ZrO2 are high-growth sectors such as electronic displays, medical implants, fuel cells and protective coatings. There is increasing demand for high performance materials in these sectors.
Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles properties
The properties and behaviour of materials at the nanoscale varies significantly in comparison to the microscale. The properties of nanoparticles/nanopowders/nanocrystals display enhanced electrical, optical, magnetic and chemical properties from the bulk material of which they are made. Zirconium oxide nanoparticles exhibit fundamental differences from micrometer-sized zirconia due to the nanosize effect and high surface-to-volume ratio. Zirconium oxide nanoparticles are often doped with yttrium oxide (Y2O3), calcium oxide (CaO) or magnesium oxide (MgO) to stabilize it. Nano-ZrO2 is available as powders and dispersions. Properties exhibited include:
- very low thermal conductivity
- transparent in the visible range
- high refractive index
- improved scratch resistance
- increased mechanical strength
- improved lubrication properties
- increased chemical etch resistance
- increased oxidation/aging resistance.
Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles producers
The zirconium oxide nanoparticles market is dominated by multi-national chemicals and advanced materials companies. These companies possess multi-ton capacities. Suppliers are mainly based in the United States, Japan and Germany. China also has a number of producers.
Published September 2014 | Table of contents
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