Potassium Cyanide, solid

Potassium Cyanide, solid (KCN) is a toxic white amorphous lumps or crystalline mass, almond-like odor, used in gold and silver extraction, chemical analysis, and in insecticides. Even though it is not flammable, we still recommend a secure chemical storage building or container that meets specific regulations for storing Potassium Cyanide, solid. That’s why we suggest one of the following: View All Chemical Storage Products

Potassium Cyanide, solid Storing Details

  • Flammable Details: non-flammable
  • Storage Details: Keep separated from incompatible substances. Store and handle in accordance with all current regulations and standards. Store in compliant chemical storage building.
  • Compatible Details: Strong oxidizers (such as acids, acid salts, chlorates & nitrates) [Note: Absorbs moisture from the air forming a syrup.]
  • Description: Potassium cyanide is an inorganic compound with the formula KCN. This colorless crystalline compound, similar in appearance to sugar, is highly soluble in water. Most KCN is used in gold mining, organic synthesis, and electroplating.
  • Classification: CLASS 6.1
  • Brand Name: n/a

Potassium Cyanide, solid Properties

Formula Density Boiling Point; IUPAC ID Molar Mass Soluble In Melting Point
KCN 1.52 g/cm³ 1625°C, 1898 K, 2957°F Potassium cyanide 65.12 g/mol Water-Reactive, methanol, glycerol, ethanol, hydroxylam 1,17°F (634.°C)




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