What is Potassium Carbonate?
Potassium carbonate is the inorganic compound with the formula K2CO3. It is a water-soluble white salt. It is a melting substance that often appears as a moist or wet solid. Potassium carbonate is mainly used in soap and glass production.
Potassium carbonate is the most important substance that provides alkaline balance in the human body. Disruption of the pH balance of the body and a basic diet lead to many important diseases such as cancer. Potassium Carbonate is therefore very important.
The availability of potassium carbonate in nature is very important for its supply. The need for potassium, which is used in many fields from different industrial sectors to human health, is high. Since potassium carbonate is a compound that oxidizes rapidly with air, it must be stored in the right conditions. When not in use, contact with air should be completely cut off.
How is Potassium Carbonate produced?
Potassium carbonate is the primary component of potash and is the more refined pearl ash or tartar salts. Historically, pearl ash was created by cooking potash in an oven to remove impurities.
Potassium carbonate is prepared commercially by reacting potassium hydroxide with carbon dioxide:
2 KOH + CO2 → K2CO3 + H2HE
In an alternative method, potassium chloride is treated with carbon dioxide in the presence of an organic amine to yield potassium bicarbonate, which is then calcined:
2 KHCO3 → K2CO3 + H2O + CO2
What does Potassium Carbonate look like?
Crystalline or white powder
What is the molecular formula of Potassium Carbonate?
Molecular formula: K2CO3
In which sectors is Potassium Carbonate used?
- Soap Production
- Glass Production
- tile making
- Chemical Industry
- World Cuisine
- Cocoa and Chocolate Production
- Fire extinguisher
- Alcoholic beverage production
- Fertilizer production
- Animal feed production
What are the usage areas (processes) of Potassium Carbonate?
- It has been used in the manufacture of soap, glass and tiles since history.
- It 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 a small amount of acidic impurities are present. It can also be used to dry some ketones, alcohols and amines before distillation.
- Potassium carbonate is used in many traditional world cuisines. In addition to herb jelly, which is a food consumed in Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines, in the production of Chinese handmade noodles and mooncakes; during rumen softening; German gingerbread recipes use potassium carbonate as a baking ingredient.
- It is used to alkalize cocoa powder and increase its flavor to produce Dutch melting chocolate by balancing the pH of natural cocoa beans (i.e. lowering acidity).
- It is used as a buffering agent in mead or wine production.
- It is used in fire extinguishers as a fire extinguisher to extinguish deep oil fryers and various other class B fires.
- Potassium carbonate is used in condensed aerosol fire extinguishing.
- It is used as a component in welding fluxes and flux coating on arc welding rods.
- It is used as an animal feed ingredient to meet the potassium requirements of farm animals.
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