Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid formed when chlorine dissolves in water. It goes by several names such as chloranol, chloric acid and chlorine hydroxide. The chemical formula of hypochlorous acid is given by HOCl but its molecular formula is given by HClO. It is a simple molecule that consists central oxygen atom connected to hydrogen and chlorine through single bonds. In the human body, hypochlorous acid is produced by the immune cells to fight infections. In the article, let us learn more about the hypochlorous acid formula, its properties and uses.
Hypochlorous Acid Properties
|Hypochlorous Acid Properties|
|Alias||Chloric acid, chloranol, chlorine hydroxide and hypochlorite|
|Appearance||Colourless aqueous solution|
|Solubility in Water||Soluble|
|Molar Mass||52.460 g/mol|
Hypochlorous Acid Chemical Structure
Hypochlorous Acid Uses
- Used as a sanitising agent.
- Used as a skin cleansing agent in cosmetics.
- Used in the making of disinfectants, bleaching powder and deodorant.
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