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Potassium chloride

puriss. p.a., ≥99.5% (AT)

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puriss. p.a.


≥99.5% (AT)


powder or crystals


≤0.001% total nitrogen (N)


5.5-8.0 (20 °C, 50 mg/mL in H2O)


770 °C (lit.)


1.98 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

anion traces

bromide (Br-): ≤700 mg/kg
iodide (I-): ≤20 mg/kg
phosphate (PO43-): ≤5 mg/kg
sulfate (SO42-): ≤30 mg/kg

cation traces

Ca: ≤50 mg/kg
Cd: ≤5 mg/kg
Co: ≤5 mg/kg
Cr: ≤5 mg/kg
Cu: ≤5 mg/kg
Fe: ≤2 mg/kg
Mg: ≤10 mg/kg
Mn: ≤5 mg/kg
Na: ≤200 mg/kg
Ni: ≤5 mg/kg
Pb: ≤5 mg/kg
Zn: ≤5 mg/kg

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General description

Potassium chloride, an alkali metal halide, is a colorless crystalline salt. Its solubility in water is directly proportional to increase in temperature. It can be prepared from potassium hydroxide, via neutralization reaction with HCl. Calorimetric estimation of the enthalpy of solution of potassium chloride in water has been described.


Potassium chloride may be used in the preparation of fertilizer, potassium hydroxide, potassium carbonate and other potassium salts. It may be used in the calorimetric determination of enthalpy and heat capacity values during the deprotonation (loss of proton H+) of buffers. From these values temperature dependence of the pH of these buffers was calculated.
May be used for the preparation of phosphate buffered saline, and for the extraction and solubilization of proteins.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

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Not applicable

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The use of potassium chloride and tris (hydroxymethyl) aminomethane as standard substances for solution calorimetry.
Rychly R and Pekarek V.
The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 9(4), 391-396 (1977)
H Fukada et al.
Proteins, 33(2), 159-166 (1998-10-21)
Enthalpy and heat capacity changes for the deprotonation of 18 buffers were calorimetrically determined in 0.1 M potassium chloride at temperatures ranging from 5 to 45 degrees C. The values of the dissociation constant were also determined by means of...
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