Sulfuric Acid: 1 Molecule, 101 Uses

February 28, 2020

H2SO4. Sulfuric Acid. Battery Acid. Vitriol.

Whatever you call it, Sulfuric Acid is one of the most important chemicals, and plays some part in production of almost all manufactured goods!

The chemical properties of Sulfuric Acid are what make it a highly versatile chemical with a wide variety of applications. For one thing, it is a highly corrosive acid. Also, it has oxidizing and sanitizing properties. It is hygroscopic, meaning it pulls water out of the air. It functions as a dehydrating agent, or desiccant.

In addition to a wide range of chemical properties, Sulfuric Acid is also very inexpensive- a core commodity chemical.

That means that Sulfuric Acid has an endless, diverse portfolio of applications. Since it is used in so many different things, it is commonly known as a barometric indicator of the overall health of the economy in a country. There is more Sulfuric Acid produced annually than any other manufactured chemical.

Here we have compiled a list of a mere 101 of them!

101 Ways Sulfuric Acid Is Used

(These include both direct and indirect usage. May be used in the product or in the manufacture of the product.)

Absorbents
Electrolyte
Phenol

Acetate
Electronic Etchant
Phosphate Fertilizer

Acetic Acid
Electroplating Metals
Phosphoric Acid

Acid Catalyst
Enamels
Pickling Metals

Acid Leaching
Etching Metals
Pigments

Adhesives
Explosives
Plasticizer

Agriculture
Fertilizer Manufacturing
Plastics

Alkylation Catalyst
Fibers
Plating Agent

Aluminium Reduction
Hand Soap
Printing Inks

Aluminum Sulfate
Hydrochloric Acid
Process Regulator

Ammonium Sulfate Fertilizer
Hydrofluoric Acid
Pulp

Antifreeze
Insecticides
Rubber

Battery Acid
Intermediates
Rust Removal

Bleaching Agent
Ion Exchange Agent
Sanitizing Dairy Facilities

Car Batteries
Labware Cleaner
Sanitizing Food Facilities

Carbon
Lubricants
Scale Removal

Catalytic Cracking Catalyst
Metallurgical Processes
Silk Dyeing

Cellophane
Microelectronics Cleaner
Soil Rehabilitation

Cellulose Fibers
Mining
Steel Manufacturing

Cleaning Metal
Nitric Acid
Storage Batteries

Coated Fabrics
Nitrogen Fertilizer
Sugar Bleaching

Coatings
Nylon Dyeing
Sulfonation Agent

Copper
Oil Well Acidizing
Synthetic Resins

Copper Sulfate
Oxidation Removal
Tartaric Acid

Corrosion Inhibitors
Oxidizing Agent
Titanium Dioxide

Cosmetic Peels & Scrubs
Paint Stripper
Titanium Oxide

Cosmetics
Paints
Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Dehydrating Agent
Paper
Viscose Rayon

Dehydrating Fruit
Paper Bleaching
Waste Water Treatment

Detergent
Paper Sizing
Water Treatment

Dishwashing Liquid
Petroleum Catalysts
Wood Charring

Drain Cleaner
Petroleum Refining
Wool Dyeing

Drugs
pH Control
Zinc

Dyestuffs
Pharmaceuticals

 

Are you in need of Sulfuric Acid for your application? Reach out to a Sales Representative today, at 800-258-5829! Team CORECHEM is looking forward to helping you with your Sulfuric Acid needs!