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Titanium tetrachloride

Key Points



  • Non flammable
  • Reacts violently with water to release hydrochloric acid, titanium dioxide and heat
  •  Emits toxic fumes of hydrogen chloride when heated to decomposition
  • In the event of a fire involving titanium tetrachloride, use dry agent and liquid tight chemical protective clothing with breathing apparatus



  • Toxic by all routes of exposure
  • CHIP classification: corrosive
  • Reacts with moisture to produce hydrochloric acid, which causes its toxicity
  • Inhalation may cause irritation of eyes and nose, sorethroat, cough, chest tightness and headache
  • Ingestion will burn the mouth, throat  and stomach 
  • Skin contact can cause burns
  • Eye contact may cause twitching of the eyelid, tearing, inflammation, sensitivity to light and burns
  • Titanium tetrachloride is not considered to be carcinogenic



  • Avoid release into the environment
  • Inform the Environment Agency of substantial releases


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