Potassium and Potassium Alloys
Published Online: 15 DEC 2006
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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
How to Cite
Burkhardt, E. R. 2006. Potassium and Potassium Alloys. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry.
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2006
The article contains sections titled:
|1.3.||Handling and Occupational Safety|
|2.1.||Properties of NaK Alloy|
|2.2.||Production of NaK Alloy|
|2.3||Handling and Occupational Safety of NaK Alloy|
|3.||Uses of Potassium and Potassium Compounds|
|3.1.||Potassium and NaK Alloy|
Potassium is the third element in the alkali metal group. This highly reactive metal is used to make potassium superoxide for use in self-contained breathing apparatus. Potassium in the form of alloys with sodium is used in industrial synthesis of alkylated aromatic hydrocarbons such as isobutylbenzene. Compounds of potassium derived from alcohols and amines are routinely used as bases in pharmaceutical and agricultural synthesis.