aluminium potassium sulphate

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A white or colourless crystalline compound, Al2(SO4)3.K2SO4.24H2O; r.d. 1.757; loses 18H2O at 92.5°C; becomes anhydrous at 200°C. It forms cubic or octahedral crystals that are soluble in cold water, very soluble in hot water, and insoluble in ethanol and acetone. The compound occurs naturally as the mineral kalinite. It is a double salt and can be prepared by recrystallization from a solution containing equimolar quantities of potassium sulphate and aluminium sulphate. It is used as a mordant for dyeing and in the tanning and finishing of leather goods (for white leather). See also alums.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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