Uses of Ferrous Sulphate

Iron (II) sulphate or ferrous sulphate is the chemical compound with the formula FeSO4, known since ancient times as copperas. It is most commonly encountered as the blue-green heptahydrate.  Iron sulphate has many uses:

 

Uses of Ferrous Sulphate

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  • Industrially, ferrous sulphate is mainly used as a precursor to other iron compounds.
  • It is a reducing agent, mostly for the reduction of chromate in cement.
  • Used in the manufacture of inks.
  • It is used a mordant for wool dyeing.
  • Ferrous sulphate can also be used to stain concrete and some lime stones and sandstones a yellowish rust colour.
  • Woodworkers use ferrous sulphate solutions to colour maple wood a silvery hue.
  • In horticulture it is used for treating iron chlorosis (yellowing of foliage caused by iron deficiency). Although not as rapid-acting as iron chelate, its effects are longer-lasting. It can be mixed with compost and dug into to the soil to create a store which can last for years.
  • Ferrous sulphate is sometimes added to the cooling water flowing through the brass tubes of a turbine condenser. It forms a corrosion-resistant, protective coating on the inside of the tube.
  • It has been applied for the purification of water by flocculation and for phosphate removal in municipal and industrial sewage treatment plants to prevent eutrophication of surface water bodies.
  • It is used as a traditional method of treating wood panel on houses, either alone dissolved in water or as a component of water-based paint.

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