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Chemical database: Iron(III) oxide

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Chemical formula Fe2O3
Molar mass 159.69 g mol -1
Density 5.24 g cm -3
Melting point decomposition (~ 1566 °C)
Boiling point -
Solubility insoluble in water
CAS number 1309-37-1
Hazards chemistry tutorials - iron(III) oxide - additional data: (R:36/37/38)(S:26)

Iron(III) oxide is an inorganic compound that comes in form of a red to brown colored solid, i.e. powder. This compound can also be found in nature, in form of a mineral known as hematite, which is one of the most important minerals of iron. This compound is mainly used for the production of iron. It is also used for polishing in the jewelry industry and in the production of lenses (it is slowly being replaced by cerium oxide). It is a main component of thermite, and it is also used as a pigment. It has also been used to make floppy disks (the particles of Fe2O3 can be magnetized and because of that, they can store binary data), etc.

Iron(III) oxide can be bought in shops that sell equipment for polishing and grinding devices, and in chemical selling companies.

 

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