Lithium carbonate

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Description

A white crystalline compound. Lithium carbonate is used as a flux in the manufacture of ceramic and porcelain glazes, and enamels. It is also used to make luminescent paints, varnishes, and dyes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

dilithium carbonate; Camcolit; Candamide; Carbolith; Eskalith; Limas; Lithane; Lithobid; Lithonate; Lithotabs; Plenur; Priadel

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in dilute acid. Slightly soluble in water. Insoluble in ethanol.

Composition Li2CO3
CAS 554-13-2
Melting Point 720
Density 2.111
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 73.9
Boiling Point 1200(dec)

Hazards and Safety

Corrosive to skin, eyes, and membranes.

LINK: International Chemical Safety Card

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 5552
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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