Synonyms:zinc white; C.I. pigment white 4
Molecular Formula :ZnO
CAS Registry Number:1314-13-2 (8051-03-4)
Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound with the formula ZnO. It usually appears as a white powder, nearly insoluble in water. The powder is widely used as an additive into numerous materials and products including plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, rubber (e.g. car tyres), lubricants, paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods (source of Zn nutrient), batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, etc. ZnO is present in the Earth crust as a mineral zincite; however, most ZnO used commercially is produced synthetically.
In materials science, ZnO is often called a II-VI semiconductor because zinc and oxygen belong to the 2nd and 6th groups of the periodic table, respectively. This semiconductor has several favorable properties: good transparency, high electron mobility, wide bandgap, strong room-temperature luminescence, etc. Those properties are already used in emerging applications for transparent electrodes in liquid crystal displays and in energy-saving or heat-protecting windows, and electronic applications of ZnO as thin-film transistor and light-emitting diode are forthcoming as of 2009.
Zinc oxide (on dried basis)
Metal (as Zn)
Lead oxide (as Pb)
Manganese oxide (as Mn)
1 ppm Max.
Copper oxide (as Cu)
2 ppm Max.
Residue on ignition
Residual on 45 um sieve
Soluble matter in water
Volatile matter at 105
Packing:Woven bags lined with plastic bag.25Kg net each
Storage:stored in sealed container