Sulfuric Acid By: Matthew Ortiz Core 2 Science What is Sulfuric Acid? • A corrosive acid, normally used in the industry for things like batteries. • Another name for it is vitriol or hydrogen sulfate. • It has the ability to painfully burn skin. What Does it Look Like? • It is a colorless, dense, oily liquid. • Will sink to bottom if placed in water. What is it Made of? • It is born from the chemical reaction of sulfur dioxide and oxygen. • Another name for it is H2SO4. • Corrosive with materials like wood • Has a violent reaction with water Sulfuric Acid used in the Industry • Very important for making products like batteries. • Used for things like explosives, petroleum refining, pigments for paint Battery Anatomy • This is a car battery • There are positive and negative plates that carry the current in a battery • Sulfuric acid surrounds the plates. Battery Anatomy - Continued • Once the car is ignited, the electrolyte, or sulfuric acid triggers a small combustion • As the energy travels, each plate becomes stronger than the last. Discovery of Sulfuric Acid • Not confirmed until sixteenth century • First produced by Johann Baptista Helmont – Belgian Scientist • Became vital to chemistry’s history The “Lead-Chamber Process” • First successful method of producing sulfuric acid – Introduced by Joe Roebuck “Lead-Chamber Process” – Continued • Process first starts with heating sulfur into sulfur dioxide (SO2) • It is then oxidized into sulfur trioxide. • Lastly, the substance goes through water treatment where it comes out as H2SO4 References • "sulfuric acid." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2012. <http://www.school.eb.com/eb/article-9070254>. • "electrochemical reaction." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2012. <http://www.school.eb.com/eb/article-49348>. • "Helicopter In Temecula - Temecula, CA Patch." Temecula, CA Patch. 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2012. <http://temecula.patch.com/topics/helicopter in temecula>. • "Sulfuric Acid." The Archived Blog List. Web.fccj.org. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://web.fccj.org/~ethall/h2so4/h2so4.htm>. • "Sulfuric Acid | Research & Encyclopedia Information." BookRags. BookRags. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.bookrags.com/research/sulfuric-acid-chmc/>.