Potassium compounds: potassium hydroxide

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The potassium in potassium hydroxide formally is in the oxidation state 1.

Potassium hydroxide

  • Formula as often written: KOH
  • Hill system formula: H1K1O1
  • CAS registry number: [1310-58-3]
  • Formula weight: 56.106
  • Class: hydroxide


  • potassium hydroxide
  • potassium(I) hydroxide

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 406°C
  • Boiling point: 1327°C
  • Density: 2044 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in potassium hydroxide
Element %
H 1.80
K 69.69
O 28.52


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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the KOH unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: K1O1H1

mass  %
56 100.0 __________________________________________________
57 0.1
58 7.4 ____
59 0.0
60 0.0


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

  • R.T. Sanderson in Chemical Periodicity, Reinhold, New York, USA, 1960.
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  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Wells in Structural inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford, UK, 1975.
  • J.D.H. Donnay, (ed.) in Crystal data determinative tables, ACA monograph number 5, American Crystallographic Association, USA, 1963.
  • D.R. Lide, (ed.) in Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 77th edition, 1996.
  • J.W. Mellor in A comprehensive treatise on inorganic and theoretical chemistry, volumes 1-16, Longmans, London, UK, 1922-1937.
  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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