Cobalt (II) oxalate is a relatively inexpensive and readily available material used in the production of magnetic alloys, cemented materials, indicators and catalysts. It is a good choice for a gamma ray source and is an important ingredient in a variety of cobalt based products, including teflon and lithium-ion batteries. As a catalyst, it can convert vanillyl alcohol to vanillin in the presence of a cobalt oxide catalyst. Moreover, it is a stabilizer for hydrogen cyanide, and is useful in preparing cobalt metal powder.
Cobalt oxalate is the tiniest molecule on the planet, and is soluble in aqueous ammonia. However, it’s not uncommon for cobalt oxalate to form a complex hydrate, which can be difficult to dislodge. One tetrahydrate form reverts to the dihydrate if heated to 60 degrees Celsius. In any event, the name oxalate is a mouthful.
The best thing about cobalt oxalate is its long shelf life, making it a practical ingredient in a wide range of applications. Other properties include its magnetic properties, which makes it a useful component in the manufacture of superalloys. This material is also a popular gamma ray source, and is a good choice for the production of high strength superalloys. With its high purity, it’s a useful scientific and commercial standard, ensuring an economical route to production. Unlike other cobalt-containing substances, it is readily available in most volumes. A cobalt oxalate hydrate formula can be obtained by ordering directly from American Elements.