Potassium: potassium superoxide

potassium superoxide is known by the following synonyms:

  • potassium superoxide
  • potassium(I) superoxide

The oxidation number of potassium in potassium superoxide is 1.

  • Formula: KO2
  • Hill system formula: K1O2
  • CAS registry number: [12030-88-5]
  • Formula weight: 71.097
  • Class: oxide
  • Colour: yellow to yellow-orange
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 380°C
  • Boiling point: decomposes
  • Density: 2160 kg m-3


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of potassium:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of potassium superoxide

Element analysis

Element percentages in potassium superoxide
Element %
K 54.99
O 45.01

Isotope pattern for KO2

THe chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula KO2 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


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

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