|IUPAC name||Potassium manganate(VI)|
|Molar mass||197.13 g/mol|
|Appearance||dark green crystals|
|Density||2.78 g/cm3, solid|
|Solubility in water||highly soluble|
|Crystal structure||isomorphous with K2SO4|
|Related compounds|| KMnO4|
| Except where noted otherwise, data are given for|
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox disclaimer and references
Potassium manganate is the chemical compound with the formula K2MnO4. This green salt is an intermediate in the industrial synthesis of potassium permanganate, a common chemical. Occasionally, potassium manganate and potassium permanganate are confused, but they are different compounds with distinctly different properties.
K2MnO4 is a salt, consisting of K+ cations and MnO42- anions. X-ray crystallography shows that the anion is tetrahedral, with Mn-O distances of 1.66 Å, ca. 0.03 Å longer than the Mn-O distances in KMnO4.
The industrial route entails treatment of MnO2 with air:
- MnO2 + 2 KOH + ½ O2 → K2MnO4 + H2O
The transformation gives a green-colored melt. In fact, one can test an unknown substance for the presence of manganese by heating the sample in strong KOH in air. The production of a green coloration indicates the presence of Mn. This green color results from an intense absorption at 610 nm.
- 4 KMnO4 + 4 KOH → 4 K2MnO4 + O2 + 2 H2O
This reaction illustrates the relatively rare role of hydroxide as a reducing agent. Solutions of K2MnO4 are generated by allowing a solution of KMnO4 in 5-10 M KOH to stir for a day at room temperature followed by removal of MnO2, which is insoluble. The concentration of K2MnO4 in such solutions can be checked by measuring their absorbance at 610 nm.
The one-electron reduction of permanganate to manganate can also be effected using iodide as the reducing agent:
- KMnO4 + KI → K2MnO4 + ½ I2
The conversion is signaled by the color change from purple, characteristic of permanganate, to the green color of manganate. This reaction also illustates the fact that manganate(VII) can serve as an electron acceptor in addition to its usual role as an oxygen-transfer reagent. Barium manganate, BaMnO4, is generated by the reduction of KMnO4 with iodide in the presence of barium chloride. Just like BaSO4, BaMnO4 exhibits low solubility in virtually all solvents.
- 3 K2MnO4 + 2 H2O → 2 KMnO4 + MnO2 + 4 KOH
The colorful nature of this reaction has led the manganate/manganate(VII) pair to be referred to as a "chemical chameleon." This disproportionation reaction, which becomes rapid when [OH-]< 1M, follows bimolecular kinetics.Manganatesee also
- Holleman, A. F.; Wiberg, E. "Inorganic Chemistry" Academic Press: San Diego, 2001. ISBN 0-12-352651-5.
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