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Potassium is a soft silvery-white alkali metal that is produced by reduction of potassium fluoride with calcium carbide at HWP, Baroda. Elemental potassium oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts vigorously with water, generating sufficient heat to ignite hydrogen emitted in the reaction, and burning with a lilac-colored flame. Hence it is collected and stored in paraffin wax.
High Purity Potassium metal is used for the production of potassium amide, potassium hydroxide, potassium carbonate, potassium phosphates, liquid fertilizers and potassium soaps & detergents.
|1||K- Metal Purity excluding Paraffin oil/wax contents||99.8 % w/w (Min)|
|2||Sodium as Na||0.2 % w/w (Max)|
|3||Chlorides and Sulfate||0.02 % w/w (Max)|
|6||Melting Point||63.65° C|
|7||Boiling Point||774° C|
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Last updated on: 08-May-2019