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Oxygen [O]
CAS-ID: 7782-44-7
An: 8 N: 8
Am: 15.9994 (3) g/mol
Group No: 16
Group Name: Chalcogen
Block: p-block Period: 2
State: gas at 298 K
Colour: colourless as a gas, liquid is pale blue Classification: Non-metallic
Boiling Point: 90.2K (-182.9°C)
Melting Point: 54.8K (-218.3°C)
Critical temperature: 154.6K (-118.5°C)
Density: 1.429g/l

Discovery Information
Who: Joseph Priestley, Karl Wilhelm Scheele
When: 1774
Where: England/Sweden

Name Origin
Greek: oxus (acid) and gennan (generate).

Obtained primarily from by liquification and then fractional distillation of the air. World wide production is around 100 million tons.

Universe: 10000 ppm (by weight)
Sun: 9000 ppm (by weight)
Carbonaceous meteorite: 4.1 x 105 ppm
Atmosphere: 2.095 x 105 ppm
Earth's Crust: 4.74 x 105 ppm
6.1 x 108 ppb by weight
2.4 x 108 ppb by atoms

Used in steel making, production of methanol (CH3OH), welding, water purification, cement and rocket propulsion. It is also required for supporting life and combustion. Oxygen is a major component of air, produced by plants during photosynthesis, and is necessary for aerobic respiration in animals.

Oxygen was first described by Michal Sedziwoj, a Polish alchemist and philosopher in the late 16th century. Sedziwoj thought of the gas given off by warm niter (saltpeter) as "the elixir of life".

Oxygen was more quantitatively discovered by the Swedish pharmacist Karl Wilhelm Scheele some time before 1773, but the discovery was not published until after the independent discovery by Joseph Priestley on August 1, 1774, who called the gas dephlogisticated air. Priestley published discoveries in 1775 and Scheele in 1777; consequently Priestley is usually given the credit. Both Scheele and Priestley produced oxygen by heating mercuric oxide.

Scheele called the gas 'fire air' because it was the only known supporter of combustion. It was later called 'vital air' because it was and is vital for the existence of animal life.

The gas was named by Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, after Priestley's publication in 1775, from Greek roots meaning "acid-former". As noted, the name reflects the then-common incorrect belief that all acids contain oxygen. This is also the origin of the Japanese name of oxygen "sanso" (san=acid, so=element).

Oxygen was first time condensed in 1883 by professors of Jagiellonian University - Zygmunt Wroblewski (Polish chemist) Karol Olszewski (Polish physicist and chemist).

Liquid and solid O2 are both a light blue colour. Ozone (O3) is a deeper blue colour. Oxygen is the second most common element on Earth, composing around 46% of the mass of Earth's crust (the most common element) and 28% of the mass of Earth as a whole, and is the third most common element in the universe. Forms almost 21% of atmosphere.

Certain derivatives of oxygen, such as ozone (O3), singlet oxygen, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hydroxyl radicals and superoxide (O2-), are highly toxic. Highly concentrated sources of oxygen promote rapid combustion and therefore are fire and explosion hazards in the presence of fuels.

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NURA said...

artikel oxygen menambah ilmu
saya kopas untuk tambahan belajar anakku.

Dodo Pujakesuma said...

@NURA : Wa'alaikum salam...
silakan mbak kalo mau kopas

BlogS of Hariyanto said...

ada satu pertanyaan yang cukup menggelitik walau terkesan bodoh, sebelum oxygen ditemukan oleh Joseph Priestley pada tahun 1774, manusia bernafas pakai apa ya :)

Dodo Pujakesuma said...

@Blog of Hariyanto : Trimakasih kunjungannya. Pertanyaan yang sangat menggugah. Tentunya bernafas dengan oxigen. Namun perlu anda telaah, itu adalah penemuan unsur yg terkandung di oxigen itu sendiri. Karena ilmu sains memerlukan pembuktian secara ilmiah

Gold-G said...

oh iya .. kalo yang menemukan oxygen nya dulu dia bernafas ga ya ?? pake apa?? hhee

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