From: Donald
Subject: Re: [BEE-L] Vs: Re: [BEE-L] Formic and Oxalic acids

The physical properties of oxalic acid may be of interest in this connection. The stuff one buys is usually oxalic acid dihydrate, which is a crystal which has two water molecules attached to each oxalic acid molecule. The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics gives the following properties for oxalic acid dihydrate:

On heating:

1) The water of hydration leaves at 101.5 C (214.7 F) The water boils off leaving anhydrous oxalic acid crystals.
2) At 157 C (314.6 F) the oxalic acid starts to sublime (goes directly from solid to gas)
3) At 189 C (372.2 F) the oxalic acid which has not yet sublimed decomposes to formic acid and carbon monoxide.

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