Sulfuric Acid

Sulfuric acid is often referred to as the “universal chemical” and “the chemical that makes chemicals” due to the numerous applications for sulfuric acid as a raw material or processing agent.

Sulfuric acid is produced at this facility through the combustion of elemental sulfur (S) to form sulfur dioxide (SO2). The SO2 is transformed into sulfur trioxide (SO3) through a catalytic oxidation.

The SO3 then reacts with water by being absorbed in concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4)

It’s broad usage is due to several important factors:

  1. low cost
  2. low volatility
  3. Ability to act as a strong oxidizing agent
  4. Ability to act as a strong dehydrating agent
  5. Strong acidic properties

Here are some of the growing number of end-uses and applications using sulfuric acid:

  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Aluminum Sulfate
  • Batteries
  • Cellophane
  • Detergents
  • Explosives
  • Fertilizers
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Iron and steel pickling
  • Jet Fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Leather
  • Lubricating oils
  • Medicinal processes
  • Oil additives
  • Paper
  • Rayon and rubber
  • Sugar
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Veterinary drugs
  • Water softener regeneration
  • Water treatment
  • Yellow pigments