Marvel Comics’ Titanium Man was a supervillain, but titanium is really a superhero.

It is as strong as steel but 45% lighter. It is found in every living thing. It is a key ingredient in many products you use each day.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about … TITANIUM!


  • Titanium is strong as steel, but 45% lighter.
  • Found in a wide variety of minerals, titanium is also found in every living thing.
  • Titanium is very common in the Earth’s crust, being the 9th most common element. It is also common in meteorites, the Sun and Moon. 
  • The former Soviet Union built several of their submarine hulls out of titanium starting in the 1980s, making very strong - and very expensive! - submarines.
  • Titanium is used in fireworks, due to the colors it produces when it is burned.
  • Martin Heinrich Klaproth, the Austrian chemist who confirmed the discovery of the metal, named it after the Titans, the first sons of the earth in Greek mythology. Their mother was Gaea (Earth). They were a race of giant deities who ultimately were overthrown by the Olympian gods. They are associated with great size and strength--hence the word "titanic." The name is appropriate for an extremely strong element taken from the earth.

Titanium, like a number of other metals, is used to add colour to fireworks. (