Methods of producing zirconium oxide compositions and using same are
provided. The zirconium oxide compositions in crystalline form can be
prepared by a synthetic process wherein the hydrolysis of zirconyl
chloride and particle formation can be achieved simultaneously.
Alternatively, the particle formation can occur first and then followed
by hydrolysis with a base solution. The processes utilize a zirconyl salt
solution that includes a zirconyl salt in isopropanol and water.