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Carbon monoxide

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Carbon monoxide (chemical formula CO) is a poisonous, flammable gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and slightly less dense than air. Carbon monoxide consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom connected by a triple bond. It is the simplest carbon oxide. In coordination complexes, the carbon monoxide ligand is called carbonyl. It is a key ingredient in many processes in industrial chemistry.[5]

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Carbon monoxide
Ball-and-stick model of carbon monoxide
Ball-and-stick model of carbon monoxide
Spamodel of carbon monoxide
Spamodel of carbon monoxide
model of carbon monoxide
Names
IUPAC name
Carbon monoxide
Other names
Carbonic oxide gas
Carbon protoxide
Oxide of carbon
Protoxide of carbon
Carbonous oxide
Carbonous acid gas
Carbon(II) oxide
Breath of carbon
Oxygenated carbon
Carbate
Carbonyl
Water gas
Hydrocarbon gas
Fuel gas
Rauchgas
Carbonic inflammable air
Heavy inflammable air
White damp
Fire Damp
Powder Gas
Illuminating gas
Dowson gas
Mond gas
Power gas
Producer gas
Blast furnace gas
Coal gas
Phlogiston
Car gas
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
3587264
ChEBI
ChEMBL
ChemSpider
ECHA InfoCard 100.010.118 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 211-128-3
421
KEGG
MeSH Carbon+monoxide
RTECS number
  • FG3500000
UNII
UN number 1016
  • InChI=1S/CO/c1-2 checkY
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Properties
CO
Molar mass 28.010 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless
Odor Odorless
Density
  • 789 kg/m3, liquid
  • 1.250 kg/m3 at 0 °C, 1 atm
  • 1.145 kg/m3 at 25 °C, 1 atm
Melting point −205.02 °C (−337.04 °F; 68.13 K)
Boiling point −191.5 °C (−312.7 °F; 81.6 K)
27.6 mg/L (25 °C)
Solubility soluble in chloroform, acetic acid, ethyl acetate, ethanol, ammonium hydroxide, benzene
1.04 atm·m3/mol
−9.8·10−6 cm3/mol
1.0003364
0.122 D
Thermochemistry
29.1 J/(K·mol)
197.7 J/(K·mol)
−110.5 kJ/mol
−283.0 kJ/mol
Pharmacology
V04CX08 (WHO)
Hazards
Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):
Main hazards
Poisonous by inhalation[1]
GHS labelling:
GHS02: FlammableGHS06: ToxicGHS08: Health hazard
Danger
H220, H331, H360, H372, H420
P201, P202, P210, P251, P260, P261, P264, P270, P281, P304+P340, P308+P313, P311, P314, P321, P377, P381, P403, P403+P233, P405, P501
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flash point −191 °C (−311.8 °F; 82.1 K)
609 °C (1,128 °F; 882 K)
Explosive limits 12.5–74.2%
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
  • 8636 ppm (rat, 15 min)
  • 5207 ppm (rat, 30 min)
  • 1784 ppm (rat, 4 h)
  • 2414 ppm (mouse, 4 h)
  • 5647 ppm (guinea pig, 4 h)[3]
  • 4000 ppm (human, 30 min)
  • 5000 ppm (human, 5 min)[3]
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):[1]
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 50 ppm (55 mg/m3)
REL (Recommended)
  • TWA 35 ppm (40 mg/m3)
  • C 200 ppm (229 mg/m3)
IDLH (Immediate danger)
1200 ppm
Safety data sheet (SDS) ICSC 0023
Related compounds
Other anions
Carbon monosulfide
Other cations
Silicon monoxide
Germanium monoxide
Tin(II) oxide
Lead(II) oxide
Related carbon oxides
Carbon dioxide
Carbon suboxide
Oxocarbons
Supplementary data page
Carbon monoxide (data page)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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The most common source of carbon monoxide is the partial combustion of carbon-containing compounds. Numerous environmental and biological sources generate carbon monoxide. In industry, carbon monoxide is important in the production of many compounds, including drugs, fragrances, and fuels.[6] Upon emission into the atmosphere, carbon monoxide affects several processes that contribute to climate change.[7]

Carbon monoxide has important biological roles across phylogenetic kingdoms. It is produced by many organisms, including humans. In mammalian physiology, carbon monoxide is a classical example of hormesis where low concentrations serve as an endogenous neurotransmitter (gasotransmitter) and high concentrations are toxic resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning. It is isoelectronic with cyanide anion CN.

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