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potassium monoxide


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A grey crystalline solid, K2O; cubic; r.d. 2.32; decomposition occurs at 350°C. It may be prepared by the oxidation of potassium metal with potassium nitrate. It reacts with ethanol to form potassium ethoxide (KOC2H5), and with liquid ammonia to form potassium hydroxide and potassamide (KNH2).

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