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Potassium Carbonate (Russia Origin)

Potassium Carbonate (Russia Origin)
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Country Origin : Russia Appearence : White Crystal Powder
CAS No. : 584-08-7 H.S. Code : 2836.40.00
Formula : K2CO3 Common Names : Potassium Carbonate
IUPAC Name : Potassium Carbonate
Packaging : 720 @ 25 kg Fiber Bag, 18 MT / 20'FCL
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Brief Overview

 

Potassium carbonate (K2CO3) is a white salt, soluble in water (insoluble in ethanol), which forms a strongly alkaline solution. It can be made as the product of potassium hydroxide's absorbent reaction with carbon dioxide. It is deliquescent, often appearing a damp or "wet" solid.

 

Manufacturing Process

Potassium carbonate is prepared commercially by the electrolysis of potassium chloride. The resulting potassium hydroxide is then carbonated using carbon dioxide to form potassium carbonate, which is often used to produce other potassium compounds.

2KOH + CO2 K2CO3 + H2O



Drying Agent

Potassium carbonate is used as a mild drying agent where other drying agents, such as calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate, may be incompatible. It is not suitable for acidic compounds, but can be useful for drying an organic phase if one has a small amount of acidic impurity. It may also be used to dry some ketones, alcohols, and amines prior to distillation. Potassium carbonate is also used to make a safer electrolyte for oxyhydrogen production than potassium hydroxide, the more commonly used electrolyte.

 

Food Industry

As food additive, it is used as an ingredient in the production of grass jelly. It is used to tenderize tripe. German gingerbread recipes often use potassium carbonate as a baking agent. It is also used as a buffering agent in the production of mead or wine.

 

Other Applications

Potassium carbonate as a fire suppressant in extinguishing deep-fat fryers and various other B class-related fires. Potassium carbonate is also used as an animal feed ingredient to satisfy the potassium requirements of farmed animals such as broiler breeders.