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Empirical formula: C2H2O4
a: 6.559 Å
b: 6.094 Å
c: 7.852 Å
α (alpha): 90.00 °
β (beta): 90.00 °
γ (gamma): 90.00 °
Volume: 313.88 Å3
Space group: Pbca
Calculated density: 1.905 g/cm3
Z: 4
Temperature: 22.0 °C
Formula weight: 90.035 g/mole
R(F): 0.0343
Common name: ethanedioic acid
Common name: Oxalic acid
CSD refcode: OXALAC06
Keyword: rust remover
Keyword: sterilizing agent
Short description: Oxalic acid occurs naturally in plants and is also synthesized by the human body.
IUPAC name: ethane-1,2-dioic acid
Citation of a publication: V.R.Thalladi, M.Nusse, R.Boese, J.Am.Chem.Soc. , 122, 9227, 2000
Layman's explanation: Oxalic acid is an odorless, colorless powder or granular solid. It is used as a scouring agent in textiles for finishing, stripping, cleaning, and as a bleaching agent for stain removal. Oxalic acid is also used as a rust remover as well as a grease and wax removing agent in metal cleaning. It is also used to clean and sterilize equipment, slso as a purifying agent in the pharmaceutical industry, in the waste water treatment industry and is also used to remove calcium from water. Oxalic acid is found in many plants and in many vegetables, for example sorrel, spinach and rhubarb, usually as its calcium or potassium salts. Oxalic acid is produced commercially by nitric acid oxidation of starch. It also can be made by fusing sawdust (or other forms of cellulose) with a mixture of sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Oxalic acid may be released to the environment in tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust, rendering, in waste streams from pulp bleaching, and by photochemical oxidations of anthropogenic compounds during long range transport.
Lab name: Common molecules
Sample provider: Obtained courtesy of the Cambridge Structural Database
Status: Complete, visible to public
Repository Files:
52023.cif 52023.crt 52023.pdb

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