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is there anything that will react with epsom salt which is MgSO4??? it seems like it could be a good oxidizer hence the four oxygens. or is this molecule stable? could it be used as an oxidizer for solid rocket fuel????

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The sulfate ion is a very poor oxidizer. Just because it has a lot of oxygen atoms in there doesn't mean it's a good oxidizer. Fluorine is an incredible oxidizer, and it doesn't have any oxygen atoms in there.

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Epsom salts are very stable - they are used as bulking agents and in paper making. It is amphoteric (dissolves in acids and bases) but it's main usees are laxitives or bath salts. The compound is ionic and very stable. It takes a huge amount of energy to melt the ctystal and this renders it unsuitable as an oxidising agent - the oxgens are just too difficult to "free up"...hope this helps?

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Remember oxidation is the loss of electrons... it's not all about oxygen.

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interestingly enough, however, concentrated H2SO4 can be quite the oxidizing agent, as i have found in my experience

 

Yeah, like how it liberates a fair amount of elemental bromine from a bromide salt, with no help of another oxidizer.

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and how it liberates a fair amount of iodine and triiodide from potassium iodide without another oxidizer. and how it reduces from sulfate to hydrogen sulfide when reacted with potassium iodide. that was pretty hellish

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