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Recipe of the Week – Week 2: Sulphuric Acid

Continuing our new series of chemical recipes, we bring you week 2 – sulphuric acid (H2SO4).

Remember that when preparing any of our recipes, you should always wear appropriate PPE.

What is sulphuric acid?

Also known as oil of vitriol or hydrogen sulphate, this has a clear or brown oil-like appearance. It has dehydrating properties making it a highly reactive chemical which will corrode many metals and damage most organic materials on contact, so should be handled with caution.

Some of its uses include as a food starch modifier, in household cleaning products, within batteries, and for pen ink used in arts and crafts. It is associated with volcanic eruptions.

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