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Sodium dichromate price index

This post is a summary of the sodium dichromate acid price developments. The price developments of sodium dichromate are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Sodium dichromate price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for sodium dichromate prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of sodium dichromate prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of sodium dichromate
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of sodium dichromate prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the sodium dichromate market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Sodium dichromate price index

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What is sodium dichromate

Sodium dichromate is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Na2Cr2O7. It is a bright orange-red crystalline solid that is highly soluble in water. It is an oxidizing agent and is often used as a laboratory reagent, as a chromium(VI) compound, and as a drying agent for paints and inks. It can also be used in the production of other chromium compounds, such as chromium(III) oxide, and as a catalyst in various chemical reactions.

Sodium dichromate is highly toxic and can cause irritation or burns to the skin and eyes, and inhaling the dust can cause respiratory problems. It should be handled with caution and protective measures should be taken when working with it.


How is sodium dichromate produced

Sodium dichromate is produced by the electrolysis of a solution of sodium chromate, which is itself produced by the dissolution of chromite ore in a solution of sodium hydroxide. The electrolysis process involves passing an electric current through the solution, which causes the sodium chromate to be oxidized to sodium dichromate.

The general process for producing sodium dichromate is as follows:

Chromite ore is mined and crushed to a fine powder.

The ore is then mixed with a solution of sodium hydroxide, which dissolves the chromium in the ore and forms a solution of sodium chromate.

The solution is filtered to remove impurities and then electrolysed using a diaphragm cell or a mercury cell.

During electrolysis, the sodium chromate is oxidized to sodium dichromate, while the hydrogen gas is produced at the cathode.

The sodium dichromate is then purified by crystallization and dried to form the final product.

Overall, the production of sodium dichromate involves several chemical reactions and requires specialized equipment and conditions. It is typically carried out on an industrial scale in order to meet the demand for the chemical.


What is sodium dichromate used for

Sodium dichromate is a highly versatile chemical that has a wide range of applications. Some of the main uses of sodium dichromate include:

As a laboratory reagent

Sodium dichromate is commonly used in chemical laboratories as a reagent in various types of reactions. It is particularly useful as an oxidizing agent, and is often used in the preparation of other chemicals, such as chromium(III) oxide.

As a chromium(VI) compound

Sodium dichromate is a source of chromium(VI) ions, which are highly reactive and can be used in a variety of chemical reactions. It is often used as a catalyst in the production of chemicals such as plastics, dyes, and pigments.

As a drying agent

Sodium dichromate is used as a drying agent in the production of paints, inks, and other coatings. It helps to remove water and other impurities from the mixture, which improves the final product’s stability and quality.

In water treatment

Sodium dichromate is used to remove iron and manganese from water, as well as to disinfect and purify water supplies.

In the leather industry

Sodium dichromate is used in the tanning process for leather. It helps to remove excess fat and protein from the skin, and also serves as a preservative to prevent the leather from deteriorating.

In the production of other chemicals

Sodium dichromate is used as a catalyst in the production of other chemicals, such as sodium chromate and sodium bichromate. These chemicals are used in a variety of applications, including the production of dyes, pigments, and ceramics.

Overall, sodium dichromate is an important chemical that has a wide range of applications in various industries. However, it is also highly toxic and should be handled with caution to avoid potential health risks.


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Market size information

It is difficult to determine the size of the global sodium dichromate market with precision because data on the production and consumption of the chemical is not readily available. However, sodium dichromate is a widely used chemical that has a variety of applications in various industries, including the leather, water treatment, and chemical manufacturing industries. As such, it is likely that the global market for sodium dichromate is significant.

According to :

Sodium dichromate are the world’s 3948th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Sodium dichromate were South Africa ($46.5M), Turkey ($21.1M), Kazakhstan ($16.1M), Russia ($13.2M), and United States ($8.52M).

In 2020, the top importers of Sodium dichromate were Netherlands ($19.4M), India ($12.8M), Germany ($12.6M), Japan ($11.2M), and China ($10.3M).

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