Ascorbic Acid is a white crystalline, naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic Acid is one form of Vitamin C.
Ascorbic Acid Overview
TCC’s Ascorbic Acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. It is a white solid, but impure samples can appear yellowish. It dissolves well in water to give mildly acidic solutions. Ascorbic acid is one form of vitamin C.
Ascorbic acid is found in plants, especially citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green vegetables. A deficiency in the human diet leads to scurvy.
Although ascorbic acid is commonly used as an antioxidant food additive, it has non-food applications in photography, fluorescence microscopy, as a stain remover, and as a component in plastic manufacturing.
About Ascorbic Acid
TCC’s Ascorbic Acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Its chemical formula is C6H8O6. It is a white crystalline solid that dissolves well in water to give mildly acidic solutions. Ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C. It is present in plants, especially fruits, tomatoes, and green vegetables.
As a mild reducing agent, ascorbic acid degrades upon exposure to air, converting the oxygen to water. The redox reaction is accelerated by the presence of metal ions and light. It can be oxidized by one electron to a radical state or doubly oxidized to the stable form called dehydroascorbic acid.
Because ascorbic acid is easily oxidized, it is used as a reductant in photographic developer solutions and as a preservative.
In fluorescence microscopy and related fluorescence-based techniques, ascorbic acid can be used as an antioxidant to increase fluorescent signal and chemically retard dye photobleachng.
Ascorbic acid and its sodium, potassium, and calcium salts are commonly used as antioxidant food additives. These compounds are water-soluble and thus cannot protect fats from oxidation. For this purpose, the fat-soluble esters of ascorbic acid with long-chain fatty acids can be used as food antioxidants. Eighty percent of the world’s supply of commercially used ascorbic acid is produced in China.
Applications using Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbic Acid is a naturally occurring vitamin and antioxidant found in plants, especially fruits, tomatoes and green vegetables. Because of its antioxidant properties, the food industry uses the water soluble compound as an antioxidant food additive, its primary commercial function.
Ascorbic Acid is also used in photography as a reductant in developer solutions and as a preservative.
In fluorescence microscopy and related fluorescence-based techniques, ascorbic acid can be used as an antioxidant to increase fluorescent signal and chemically retard dye photobleaching.
It is also commonly used to remove dissolved metal stains, such as iron from fiberglass swimming pool surfaces.
In plastic manufacturing, ascorbic acid can be used to assemble molecular chains more quickly and with less waste than traditional synthesis methods.
Product Specification - Ascorbic Acid
Shipping & Ordering Information
TCC’s Ascorbic Acid is available for shipping throughout the continental United States with one (1) week lead time. Please call (401) 360-2800 for details. Ascorbic Acid is shipped in 25 kg net bags and 1,000 kg net supersacks. Special packaging is available on request.
The Chemical Company
44 Southwest Avenue
Post Office Box 436
Jamestown, RI 02835-0436
Telephone: (401) 360-2800
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