Sulfuric Acid

 

Sulfuric acid, H2SO4, is a viscous (thick and syrupy), oily liquid which has for years been the most widely used chemical in the world. It is used in the production of fertilizers and as an industrial catalyst (a substance which speeds up chemical reactions).

One of the major uses of sulfuric acid is in the production of fertilizers, car batteries, and as a dehydrating agent (a substance that removes water from other substances). Sulfuric acid is an extremely effective dehydrating agent.