Potassium permanganate is a chemical oxidizing agent that is commonly used in the water treatment industry. It has a purple-black crystalline form and is odorless.
Potassium permanganate is soluble in acetic acid and pyridine. It reacts with organic materials and is also effective against alkaloids and bacterial agents. As a self-indicator, it can detect unsaturation in organic compounds.
The density of potassium permanganate is 860 kg/m3 at 0 K. This is calculated from the free electron model. LDOS of adsorbed potassium is shifted to higher binding energies when it exceeds this level.
Potassium permanganate has a boiling point of 100°C. When heated, it decomposes and the remaining molecules of the permanganate undergo a reaction with concentrated hydrochloric acid to produce chlorine. Permanganate is often used as an in-well water treatment agent. In addition to this, it has a range of uses in industries.
Potassium permanganate can be stored in tightly sealed containers. It should be kept away from heat and acidic environments. Whenever it comes in contact with readily oxidizable substances, it may explode. To ensure its safety, it is best to use a container that is made from a non-flammable material.
Potassium permanganate contains manganese. It is a strong oxidizing agent. Therefore, it is effective in removing hydrogen sulfide and other noxious chemicals from the body. However, it can cause irritation to the eyes and skin.
Permanganate is used in the medical field for treating dermatitis, impetigo, and other bacterial infections. It is also an excellent disinfectant. A potassium permanganate solution can be used in a bleaching process.