What is Al2(CO3)3?


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The chemical formula Al2(CO3)3 refers to the chemical aluminum carbonate. This chemical compound of aluminum, carbon and oxygen is unstable and rapidly decomposes to aluminum hydroxide and carbon dioxide.

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Aluminum carbonate is so unstable that it does not usually occur in nature, but it can be created in a laboratory via a reaction between aluminium sulfate and sodium carbonate. This reaction also creates sodium sulfate, or Na2SO4, as a byproduct. It has a mass of 233.99 grams per mole. Aleksandr Loran used aluminum carbonate's rapid decomposition into carbon dioxide and aluminum hydroxide in the fire extinguisher that he developed in 1904.

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