Frequently Asked Question about Citric Acid Anhydrous
What is Citric Acid Anhydrous?
Citric Acid Anhydrous is an important Industrial Chemical and is commonly found in various citrus fruits (lemon, limes, etc.). It belongs to the tricarboxylic Acid category, which is why it is considered a weak organic acid as well. It can be found in white coloured crystals.
Additionally, Citric Acid is available in two forms: anhydrous and monohydrated.
While Anhydrous Citric Acid has no water of crystallisation, Monohydrate Citric Acid has a water molecule linked with each citric acid molecule. Moreover, the chemical formula of Citric Acid Anhydrous is C6H8O7, and the chemical formula of Citric Acid Monohydrate is C6H8O7·H2O.
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What is Citric Acid Anhydrous used for?
Since it is an essential an organic and industrial compound, it has a wide range of uses:
- Citric Acid Anhydrous is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a stabilizer and preservative.
- It can be used as a flavoring agent to add sour flavor to beverages, food, and other items.
- Citric Acid Anhydrous can also be used as a disinfectant against bacteria, viruses, & other microorganisms.
- It is also commonly found in candies and soft drinks.
What is the Chemical Formula of Citric Acid Anhydrous?
The chemical formula of Citric Acid Anhydrous is C₆H₈O₇. It is found naturally in citric fruits such as lemon.
Is Citric Acid Anhydrous harmful to life?
No, Citric Acid Anhydrous is not harmful to life and is considered non-toxic. But if this chemical gets in contact with eyes, it can cause serious eye irritation. In case of severe eye irritation, rinse with water for several minutes.
Where is Citric Acid Anhydrous found? What does Citric Acid Anhydrous look like?
Citric Acid Anhydrous can be found in a wide range of citrus fruits such as lemon, oranges, limes, and similar fruits. If we talk about its appearance, it is usually found in the form of a white solid (crystalline powder).
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What are the Hazardous effects of Citric Acid Anhydrous?
Citric Acid Anhydrous is generally safe in smaller quantities but it can cause severe hazardous reactions in large quantities. In case of inhaling Citric Acid Anhydrous, allow the person to rest and breathe fresh air. In case of eye contact, rinse under tap water for few minutes & remove any contact lenses if present.
If a large quantity of Citric Acid Anhydrous is ingested, rinse the mouth & seek medical attention immediately.
What are precautionary measures necessary to be taken to handle Citric Acid Anhydrous?
Citric Acid Anhydrous is known to cause severe irritation of skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. That's why proper personal protective gear (mask, glasses, gloves, etc.) should be worn when handling Citric Acid.
What will happen if Citric Acid Anhydrous is heated?
When the Citric Acid Anhydrous is heated above 175°C, it losses the carbon dioxide and water. As a result, this chemical decomposes into its respective elements. On decomposition after heating, it can emit fumes and acrid smoke.
Is Citric Acid Anhydrous soluble?
Yes, Citric Acid is soluble in water and ethanol as well. Around 1174g of this chemical can be dissolved in 1 litre of water.
Where can I buy Citric Acid Anhydrous?
Looking to buy 99% pure Citric Acid Anhydrous? Camachem offers high-quality anhydrous citric acid in multiple packaging options. In 25 KG weight, you can either buy composite paper-plastic bag or 3-ply Kraft paper bags. The chemical is also available in plastic woven bags of 500 KG capacity.
For 1000 KG, woven jumbo bags of Anhydrous Citric Acid are available as well.
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How much does Citric Acid Anhydrous cost?
Since this chemical is derived from natural sources, its price can change depending on the source material. As an estimate, the Citric Acid Anhydrous price is $745 per ton.
What is PH of Citric Acid Anhydrous?
The pH of Citric Acid Anhydrous is 3.2 but it can range from 3 to 6. Based on its pH, it is assumed to be a weak acid.
Is Citric Acid Anhydrous an electrolyte?
Since Citric Acid is an acid, it is also an electrolyte as well because it breaks into cations and anions when placed in a suitable solution. But it is a weak electrolyte and thus not very useful.
Can Citric Acid Anhydrous go down the drain?
Since it is a weak acid, it can safely go down the drain without corroding the pipes. But it is best to consult your local laws and regulations to make sure that you are not breaking any laws.
Is Citric Acid Anhydrous Acidic or Basic?
With a pH of 3.2, the Citric Acid Anhydrous belongs to the acid category but it is a weak acid.
What is the difference between Citric Acid Anhydrous and Ascorbic Acid?
Ascorbic acid serves as a preservative, preventing the spoilage of foods such as bread, cured meats, jams, and jellies. Similarly, Citric Acid may be used to preserve and marinade meats. Like Ascorbic acid, it may as well be used to add flavour meals and drinks. Citric acid, for example, is added in wine to lower low acidity and increase flavour.
However, Citric Acid contains an additional oxygen atom when compared with Ascorbic Acid. While Ascorbic acid is commonly used to strengthen or give a citrus taste to fruit juices, fruit-flavored sweets, cereals, dried fruit, , and iced fruits, Citric acid is utilised in pesticides and disinfectants to help eliminate germs and viruses.
Finally, Ascorbic Acid is considered less acidic than Citric Acid Anhydrous.