Tag - Chemical uses

What Is Formaldehyde Used For?

Before we look at what formaldehyde is used for, it’s important to understand what it is. CH₂O is a chemical that many people associate with embalming or taxidermy because of how its aqueous form, called formalin, preserves tissue. But in reality, it has many industrial and household applications beyond this.  You may be surprised to learn that this chemical can...

What Is Iodine?

Iodine (I) is a chemical element that appears as a purple-black solid at room temperature. Classified as a halogen, it is best known as an essential mineral required by the body to make thyroid hormones. However, while its compound form has medical properties, iodine is very toxic in its elemental form. Having a comprehensive understanding this chemical may require...

What Is Chloroform?

Chloroform (CHCl3), also known as trichloromethane, is an organic and highly volatile compound that is produced both naturally and industrially. Previously used as an anaesthetic during surgery, and now as an industrial solvent in manufacturing chemicals, chloroform has a wide variety of applications. This article will explore the many aspects of chloroform, from how it is used and how...

What Is Caustic Soda?

With the exception perhaps of water, few chemicals have almost ubiquitous industrial applications, but caustic soda is one of those chemicals. In this article, we explore what caustic soda is, what it’s made of, its uses and its chemical structure. About caustic soda Caustic soda, which is the same chemical as sodium hydroxide and is also known as lye, is a...