Copper sulphate pentahydrate, 1934.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Copper sulphate pentahydrate, 1934.

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This ball and spoke model depicts the crystalline structure of Copper sulphate pentahydrate, discovered by Arnold Beevers and Henry Lipson in 1934. Copper sulphate pentahydrate (CuSO4.5H20) is an example of a hydrate, a compound which has water molecules combined with it. The water molecules are known as 'water of crystallization'. Copper sulphate pentahydrate is also known as hydrated copper sulphate, and has a number of industrial uses.

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