Sulfurous acid is the chemical compound with the formula H2SO3. There is no evidence that sulfurous acid exists in solution, but the molecule has been detected in the gas phase. The conjugate bases of this elusive acid are, however, common anions, bisulfite (or hydrogensulfite) and sulfite.
Raman spectra of solutions of sulfur dioxide in water show only signals due to the SO2 molecule and the bisulfite ion, HSO3−. The intensities of the signals are consistent with the following equilibrium:
Aqueous solutions of sulfur dioxide, which sometimes are referred to as sulfurous acid are used as reducing agents and as disinfectants, as are solutions of bisulfite and sulfite salts. They are also mild bleaches, and are used for materials which may be damaged by chlorine-containing bleaches.
Publication No. WO/2010/064607 Published on June 10, Japanese Inventor Develops Sulfurous Acid Gas Treatment Method, Treatment Device
Jun 11, 2010; GENEVA, June 11 -- Terutsugu Oyama, Japan, has developed a treatment method and treatment device for sulfurous acid gas in...