February 4, 2013

Formic acid as deicing agent

While I'm still working on the blog's weekly news roundup, here is an interesting video from BASF about the use of formic acid (in the form of potassium formate - a biodegradable salt of formic acid) as  a deicing agent.

It features how potassium formate dissolves the crystalline structure of ice and if used in airport runways, the melted water with potassium formate enters a waste water treatment plant in the airport where the chemical reportedly breaks down harmlessly into carbon dioxide and hydroxide ions (as it combined with oxygen molecules).

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