June 28, 2011
Tapping Titanium’s Colorful Potential
A new, cost-effective process for coloring titanium can be used in manufacturing products from sporting equipment to color-coded nuclear waste containers.
"The new method uses an electrochemical solution to produce colored titanium, improving on an older, time-consuming and expensive method where heat was used to develop a colored layer," says Gregory Jerkiewicz, a professor in the Department of Chemistry.
Colored titanium has the potential to be used in the production of everyday objects like spectacle frames, jewelry, golf clubs and high-performance bicycles.
Industries including healthcare, aviation and the military could use the technology to create items like color-coded surgical tools, brightly colored airplane parts, and stealth submarines made from blue titanium.
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