Carbon monoxide

Features of Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide, CO, is a toxic and flammable gas.

Physical and chemical properties

Physical state: Compressed gas
Molecular weight: 28 g/mol
Smell: odorless
Appearance/color: colorless


Carbon monoxide is used:

  • together with synthesis gas, as a raw material for the production of polycarbonate, polyurethane and oxy-alcohols;
  • in the production of metal-carbonyls;
  • in calibration mixtures for environmental monitoring;

Stability and reactivity

It can form explosive mixtures with the air.
It can reacts violently with alkali