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Physicochemical properties and uses of potassium acetate

- Nov 22, 2018 -

Potassium acetate is a chemical, white powder, used as an analytical reagent to adjust the pH. It can also be used as a desiccant to make transparent glass in the pharmaceutical industry. It can also be used as a softener, catalyst, etc. for buffers, diuretics, fabrics and papers.

Physicochemical properties: traits: colorless or white crystalline powder. It has a basic taste and is deliquescent.

Relative density: 1.57g/cm^3 (solid) 25 °C (lit.)

Soluble in water, soluble in methanol, ethanol, liquid ammonia. Insoluble in ether and acetone.

The solution is alkaline to litmus and not alkaline to phenolphthalein. Low toxicity. Combustible.

Refractive index : n20/D 1.370

Water solubility : 2694 g/L (25 º C)

Conditions to avoid when storing are: moisture, heat, fire, spontaneous combustion, and strong oxidants.

Uses: It can also be used as an anti-icing substance, replacing chlorides such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. It is less erosive and corrosive to the soil, especially for airport runway de-icing, but it is more expensive. Food additives (preservation and control of acidity). The components of the fire extinguisher. Used in ethanol precipitation of DNA. It is used to store and fix biological tissues and is used in combination with formaldehyde.

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