CO in chemistry is a combination of two atoms i.e. One atom of Carbon and one atom of Oxygen. Both are attached by two covalent bonds and has a single dative bond. Thus, on reacting the two atoms a new element CO, known as ‘Carbon Monoxide,’ is formed.
The compound is formed by reacting Carbon and Oxygen at feverish temperature by adding a catalyst.
It has a molar mass of 28.01 g per mole.
It is highly toxic and has no colour and odour.
Uses of CO
The main usage of CO is seen in the production of methanol.
Carbon monoxide is a strong reducing agent.
It is used in food materials to make them more acidic.
CO can clear out the rust settled on the surfaces of metals.