Titanium tetrachloride is a colorless to pale yellow liquid that has fumes with a strong odor. Titanium tetrachloride is a colourless liquid with a penetrating odour. Titanium tetrachloride does not exist naturally in the environment but is man-made using minerals that contain high levels of titanium.
It is used to make titanium metal and other titanium-containing compounds, such as titanium dioxide, which is used as a white pigment in paints and other products and to produce other chemicals.
Titanium tetrachloride is used in the manufacturing of titanium dioxide pigments, titanium metal, artificial pearls, and iridescent glass; in the production of Ziegler-Natto catalysts; and as a military smoke screen.