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Is phosphate flamable?


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2010-06-29 13:47:13
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Phosphate ions are not flammable or even combustible, because the phosphorus atoms in them already have the highest available formal charge of +5 for phosphorus. An organic phosphate might be flammable if it contains a sufficiently large proportion of carbon and hydrogen in its total mass.


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