Name = Calcium Oxide
ImageFile = Calcium-oxide-3D-vdW.png
ImageSize = 200px
ImageName = Calcium oxide
IUPACName = Calcium Oxide
Section2 = Chembox Properties
MolarMass = 56.077 g/mol
Appearance = White solid
Density = 3350 kg/m³, solid
Solubility = "reacts"
MeltingPt = 2572 °C (2845 K)
BoilingPt = 2850 °C (3123 K)
Section3 = Chembox Structure
Structure = Face-Centered Cubic
Calcium oxide (CaO), commonly known as burnt lime, lime or quicklime, is a widely used
chemical compound. It is a white, caustic and alkaline crystalline solid. As a commercial product, lime often also contains magnesiumoxide, siliconoxide and smaller amounts of aluminiumoxide and ironoxide. The name lime (native lime) refers to a very rare mineral of the CaO composition, too. Calcium oxideis usually made by the thermal decomposition of materials such as limestone, that contain calcium carbonate(CaCO3; mineral name: calcite) in a lime kiln. This is accomplished by heating the material to above 825°C,Merck Index of chemicals and Drugs , 9th ed. monograph 1650] a process called calcinationor "lime-burning", to liberate a molecule of carbon dioxide(CO2); leaving CaO. This process is reversible, since once the quicklime product has cooled, it immediately begins to absorb carbon dioxidefrom the air, until, after enough time, it is completely converted back to calcium carbonate. Calcination of limestone is one of the first chemical reactions discovered by man and was known in prehistory.Fact|date=July 2008
Up until the 20th century, quicklime was used as a disinfectant, usually in a 10% solution called milk of lime. However, it had the disadvantage of decomposing rapidly on exposure to air and moisture, and the burnt lime had to be fresh and unslaked. [http://books.google.com/books?id=RI2mGCexECAC A Complete Handbook for the Sanitary Troops of the U.S. Army and Navy (1917)] ]
As hydrated or
slaked lime, Ca(OH)2 (mineral name: portlandite), it is used in mortar and plasterto increase the rate of hardening as well as to improve adhesionFact|date=October 2007. Hydrated lime is very simple to make as lime is a basic anhydrideand reacts vigorously with water. Lime is also used in glassproduction and its ability to react with silicates is also used in modern metal production industries ( steel, magnesium, aluminiumand others) to remove impurities as slag.
It is also used in water and sewage treatment to reduce
acidity, to soften, as a flocculant, and to remove phosphates and other impurities; in papermaking to dissolve lignin, as a coagulant, and in bleaching; in agriculture to improve acidic soils; and in pollutioncontrol, in gas scrubbers to desulfurize waste gases and to treat many liquid effluents. It has traditionally been used in the burial of bodies in open graves, to hide the smell of decomposition, as well as in forensic science, to reveal fingerprints. It is a refractoryand a dehydrating agent and is used to purify citric acid, glucose, dyes and as a CO2 absorber. It is also used in pottery, paints and the food industry. Furthermore, quicklime is used in epidemics, plagues, and disasters to disintegrate bodies in order to help fight the spread of disease. CaO is a key ingredient in the " nixtamalization" process used to create corn hominyand masaor tortilla dough.
A relatively inexpensive substance, CaO produces
heat energyby the formation of the hydrate, as in the following equation:US Patent 3,955,554, " Solar heating system."]
::CaO + H2O ↔ Ca(OH)2 + 63.7kJ/mol of CaO
The hydrate can be reconverted to calcium oxide by removing the water in the reversible equation. If the hydrated lime is heated to redness, the CaO will be regenerated to reverse the reaction. As it hydrates, an exothermic reaction results. One litre of water combines with approximately 3.1 kg of calcium oxide to give calcium hydroxide plus 3.54MJ of energy. This process can be used to provide a convenient portable source of heat, as for on-the-spot food warming in a
World lime annual production is around 130 million metric tons, with the USA and China the largest producers, each producing around 20 million metric tons. [http://indexmundi.com/en/commodities/minerals/lime/lime_t9.html]
Use as Ancient Weapon
Historian and philosopher
David Hume, in his history of England, recounts how during early in the reign of Henry IIIthe English Navy destroyed an invading French fleet, by blinding the enemy fleet with "quicklime," the old name for calcium oxide:
D’Albiney employed a stratagem against them, which is said to have contributed to the victory: Having gained the wind of the French, he came down upon them with violence; and throwing in their faces a great quantity of quicklime, which he purposely carried on board, he so blinded them, that they were disabled from defending themselves.
David Hume, History of England, Volume II.
* [http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/lime/limemyb01.pdf An authoritative discussion of lime and its uses (US context) by the US Geological Survey]
* [http://www.cheresources.com/quicklime.shtml Factors Affecting the Quality of Quicklime]
* [http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/17236/page/3 "American Scientist"] (discussion of C14 dating of mortar)
* [http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/lime/lime.html Chemical of the Week -- Lime]
* [http://www.carmeuse.com/page.asp?langue=EN&id=12 Lime production process presentation]
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