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Production of Titanium Metal
I do not know whether the Hunter Process with sodium is still used, however, as a chemistry student in the seventies I had a summer job in a plant (ICI Bain Works, Wilton site on Teesside) which did use this process. Because of the high reactivity of sodium, the reaction took place under an inert argon atmosphere; the reaction product was "titanium sponge" which was then ground down to small pellets for shipping to customers. There was a similar plant run by ICI near Runcorn. I was told that sodium was used because it produced a higher purity product, and that this was needed by NASA, one of the main customers.
Should the article talk about how "volatile" the metal halide is in air, or how "reactive" it is? If "volatile" is indeed meant, then the "in air" part should probably be omitted as the substance is going to be volatile anywhere.
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