The Many Uses of Zinc Oxide

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Zinc oxide is one of the essential chemical compounds used in dozens of different manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. You can use zinc oxide for anything from creating rubber and plastic compounds to developing additives to help preserve food. Because the chemical is used virtually everywhere is it important to find a grade of zinc oxide that matches the codes set forth by United States Pharmacopeia (USP). You can get zinc oxide USP easily through GHC.

Common Uses

You can find zinc oxide, or ZNO, in virtually everything you use during the day. In rubber and plastics, it helps protect the material from harmful UV rays, especially from sun damage outside. This makes it invaluable in tires and outdoor paint. It has anti-corrosive properties that make it valuable in developing chemicals that are safe for ingestion or which might come into contact with food and skin. As a UV absorber, zinc oxide is used frequently in the development of sunblock, lotions, and even diaper cream. It also has nutritional value. ZNO is a micronutrient which can help to promote the proper growth in animals. Thus, it is usually found in animal feed and soil fertilizers.

Zinc Oxide Grades

Because of its many uses, there are several different grades applied to zinc oxide. GH Chemicals provides zinc oxide USP in four different grades, with each one providing a variety of options in many different industries. The grades are CR-3 for large particle sizes, CR-4 for medium particle sizes, CR-41 for higher reactivity, and CR-42 for fine particle sizes. Each grade is guaranteed to have a minimum purity of 99.9% and comes in either granulated or pelletized form. These basic grades can also be manufactures with an added acid to aid in dispersion. Doing so adds a 0 to the end of the grade, meaning that one can request grades CR-30, CR-40, CR-410, and CR-420 as well.

Choosing the Right Grade and Dispersion

The exact grade of zinc oxide that you need to use depends on the industry in which you work and your ultimate goal for the chemical. It is essential to know what grade works best for the project at hand; if you are not sure, you should communicate with an expert in your field or speak to the customer service representatives at a supplier like GH Chemicals. Any grade outside of fertilizer and feed grade ZNO can be purchased directly through GHC. For feed and fertilizer grades, you should contact the organization’s sister company Microzine Products in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Both GH Chemicals and Microzine have representatives on hand who can answer any final questions you may have before making a purchase.

Because of its ubiquity in a variety of different industries, it is very likely that anybody involved in manufacturing or chemicals will need zinc oxide at some point during their careers. Once you know the grade you need, it comes down to a matter of choosing the right supplier. The best zinc oxide suppliers have a range of different options and a strong customer service team to help you get what you need.

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