Agent Name

Potassium oxide

CAS Number

12136-45-7

Formula

K2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Dipotassium monoxide; Potash; Dipotassium oxide; [ChemIDplus] Potassium monoxide; [ICSC] Monoxyde de potassium (French DOT); Monoxido de potasio (Spanish DOT); [CAMEO] UN2033

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Grey hygroscopic solid; [ICSC] White solid; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used to make other chemicals; [CAMEO]

Comments

Reacts violently with water forming potassium hydroxide; Causes burns; Inhalation of aerosol may cause pulmonary edema; [ICSC] Reacts with warm water causing a violent explosion; [CAMEO] See "Potassium hydroxide."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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