Lithium peroxide

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Lithium peroxide is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is Li2O2. It contains lithium and peroxide ions.

Properties[change | change source]

Lithium peroxide is a white solid. It gives off oxygen when heated. It is an oxidizing agent.

Preparation[change | change source]

Lithium peroxide is made by reacting lithium hydroxide with hydrogen peroxide and removing the water.

Uses[change | change source]

It is used to absorb carbon dioxide on spaceships. It also releases oxygen when it absorbs carbon dioxide.[1]

Safety[change | change source]

Lithium peroxide reacts violently with water to make oxygen. It also is an oxidizing agent and can catch things on fire. It is corrosive because it is basic.

References[change | change source]

  1. Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, A. (1984), Chemistry of the Elements, Oxford: Pergamon, p. 98, ISBN 0-08-022057-6