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Potassium perchlorate

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A crystal of potassium perchlorate

Potassium perchlorate is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is KClO4. It contains potassium and perchlorate ions.

Properties[change | change source]

Potassium perchlorate is a colorless crystalline solid. It dissolves in water only a little. It is an oxidizing agent. It can react with glucose to make carbon dioxide, potassium chloride, and water. It can be mixed with sulfur, while potassium chlorate cannot safely be mixed.

Preparation[change | change source]

It is made by reacting potassium chloride with sodium perchlorate. This makes the potassium perchlorate crystals.

Uses[change | change source]

It is used as a rocket propellant. It can also be used in fireworks and other explosives. Ammonium perchlorate is used more, though.

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