Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound with the formula ZnO. ZnO is a white powder that is insoluble in water, and it is widely used as an additive in numerous materials and products including rubbers, plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, lubricants,[5] paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods, batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, and first-aid tapes. Although it occurs naturally as the mineral zincite, most zinc oxide is produced synthetically.[6]

Applications include :
• Cigarette filters
• Food additive
• Pigment
• UV absorber
• Coatings
• Polymer ( as additive as acid neutralizer & anti UV
• Paint ( for corrosion protection
• Fiber glass
• Oil drilling ( as hydrogen sulphide scavenger
• Animal feed ( as micronutrient )
• Pharmaceutical and medical care ( vit./Bact./uv )
• Ceramic industry in frits manufacturing & sanitary items
• Rubber & tire manufacture ( as polymerization activator
• Catalyst for sulphur removal
• Micronutrient fertilizer as controlled release of zinc sulphate to the soil

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