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Chlorine Gas and Feldspars

Hello

Does Chlorine Gas react with K-Feldspar? If so, what is the reaction like (reaction conditions, rates, safety), and what are the products? Can it form useful potassium compounds (eg K-fertilisers)?

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Contributor III

Re: Chlorine Gas and Feldspars

Dear Daniel,

In short, no. The potassium can be selectively extracted with calcium chloride solutions, but the mineral is essentially unreactive towards elemental chlorine gas. It is quite well oxidized already and very stable.

Best regards,

Steven

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Re: Chlorine Gas and Feldspars

Thank you for your reply.

Is there a general way to predict whether elemental chlorine will react with a given (silicate) mineral?

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Contributor III

Re: Chlorine Gas and Feldspars

Dear Daniel,

Yes. The "general" way is by the electrochemical potential.  That is, whether the energy exchange/release from chlorine reduction and the oxidation of the other element is positive or not.  That would only happen with a metal ion that is capable of further oxidation (for example, Fe+2 to Fe+3).  It would NOT affect the silicate ion.  Chloride ions are a different matter, as then there can be displacement reactions, as in my original reply.  A cursory search for reactions of chlorine gas with silicates does not indicate any reactions.

Best regards,

Steven

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