Molecule of the Week
July 4, 2005
Burning brightly in 4th of July pyrotechnic displays is the powerful catalyst manganese dioxide. It is used in fireworks as an oxygen source for brighter lights and as a catalyst in whistling rockets. Versatile MnO2 is also used as a depolarizer in dry cell batteries and as a colorant in kiln-dried pottery.
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