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The density of potassium permanganate is 1.615 g/cm3. It is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula KMnO4. It has strong oxidizing properties. This property makes it an important industrial compound. It is also soluble in water. It is commonly used as an indicator in chemistry experiments. It is a colourless solid that looks like crystals and has a dark purple colour when it is dissolved in water. KMnO4 is a self-indicator as it loses its colour after all the reaction is complete and indicates the end of the reaction.
Potassium permanganate is a strong oxidizer and may be highly dangerous. It can burn or irritate the skin and eyes. If it comes into contact with other materials, it may cause an explosion. It can also be dangerous to the respiratory and digestive systems if swallowed. It is known to cause chemical conjunctivitis and can be harmful to the corneas. It can also cause a skin reaction with brown stains and a dry, flaky, itchy sensation.
KMnO4 is listed as a hazardous air pollutant in the United States. The Clean Air Act requires major sources to sharply reduce routine emissions of this substance. It is also a contaminant of groundwater.
Potassium permanganate is often used as a germicidal agent and fungicide. It is a colourless, slightly acidic compound with the chemical formula K2MnO4. It was first discovered in 1826 by a German-Dutch chemist named Henry Bollmann Condy. He fused pyrolusite with potassium carbonate and dissolved the resulting solution in water. The solution had several characteristics including disinfectant activity and was referred to as ‘Condy’s fluid’.