Potassium Chlorate

Potassium chlorate is a compound containing potassium, chlorine and oxygen atoms, with the molecular formula KClO3. In its pure form, it is a white crystalline substance. It is the most common chlorate in industrial use. It is used

  • as an oxidizing agent,
  • to prepare oxygen,
  • as a disinfectant,
  • in safety matches,
  • in explosives and fireworks,
  • in cultivation, forcing the blossoming stage of the Longan tree, causing it to produce fruit in warmer climates.

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Matchsticks - Friction Matches
... He experimented with "percussion powders" made up mainly of potassium chlorate ... His early experiments led to a wood splint dipped in a paste of sulfur, gum, potassium chlorate, sugar and antimony trisulfide ... experiment by his professor, Meissner, gave Irinyi the idea to replace potassium chlorate with lead dioxide in the head of the phosphorus match ...
Matchsticks - Friction Matches - The Safety Match
... These were sticks with one end made of potassium chlorate and the other of red phosphorus. 16% binder and the match head is typically composed of 45–55% potassium chlorate, with a little sulfur and starch, a neutralizer (ZnO or CaCO3), 20–40% of siliceous filler ... Safety matches ignite due to the extreme reactivity of phosphorus with the potassium chlorate in the match head ...
S-Plan - Timeline - 1939 - January
8 barrels of potassium chlorate each containing 1cwt, 1 large quantity of powdered charcoal, and 40 sticks of gelignite were uncovered ... Arrests were made, with 1 London man charged with possession of 2 tons of potassium chlorate and 1 ton of iron oxide between 1 October and 5 November 1938 ... Items seized included one barrel of potassium chlorate, two Mills bombs, 49 sticks of gelignite, and 10 electric detonators ...
Potassium Chlorate - Safety
... Potassium chlorate should be handled with care ... Mixtures of potassium chlorate and a fuel can be ignited by contact with sulfuric acid and this reagent should be kept away from potassium chlorate ... Sulfur should be avoided in pyrotechnic compositions containing potassium chlorate, as these mixtures are prone to spontaneous deflagration ...