Potassium chromate

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Potassium chromate

Potassium chromate is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is K2CrO4. It has potassium and chromate ions.

Properties[change | change source]

It is a yellow crystalline solid. It is an oxidizing agent in an acidic condition. It is toxic though, because it contains chromium in its +6 oxidation state. It can be destroyed by reaction with reducing agents. It is very rarely found in the ground. It reacts with lead nitrate to make lead chromate, a yellow pigment.

Preparation[change | change source]

It is made by reacting chromium trioxide with potassium hydroxide. It can also be made by oxidation of potassium hydroxide and chromium(III) oxide.

Occurrence[change | change source]

Potassium chromate is found very rarely as a mineral. It dissolves easily in water. It is only found in very dry places.

Uses[change | change source]

It is used to test for chloride ions. It can also be used to make lead chromate for paint.

Safety[change | change source]

Potassium chromate is very toxic. It is a carcinogen. It reacts with reducing agents violently when in acid.

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