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What are the properties of red phosphorus?


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Phosphorus is found in many allotropic forms:

  • White Phosphorus
  • Red Phosphorus
  • Black Phosphorus

Red Phosphorus:

  • Red phosphorus is formed by heating white phosphorus at 573K in an inert atmosphere.
  • When red phosphorus is heated under high pressure, a series of phases of black phosphorus is formed.

Properties of Red phosphorus:

  • It is odorless as well as non-poisonous.
  • It is insoluble in water H2O/Carbon disulfideCS2.
  • Red phosphorus does not glow in dark.

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