white phosphorus

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A toxic allotrope of phosphorus that reacts spontaneously at room temperature with ambient O2, and is highly combustible, especially > 30ºC; the vapours are highly irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract and cause deep thermal burns at sites of skin contact; prolonged exposure is associated with facial bone necrosis, abdominal pain, jaundice, ‘garlic breath’, anaemia, cachexia, blepharospasm, photophobia

white phosphorus

pure phosphorus, used at one time as a rodenticide.
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During this period of instability in price and availability of elemental phosphorus, Albemarle may need to pursue further price adjustments with little notice, as contracts allow, in order to assure continuity of supply," Donkers said.
Astaris will cease production of elemental phosphorus at the Pocatello plant by no later than the end of this year.
Continuing cost pressures on elemental phosphorus have reinforced the relative cost advantage of PPA, which has resulted in this decision.
Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Astaris will be the sole supplier of elemental phosphorus for use in demonstration and commercial installations of THERMALONOx(TM) for the removal of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions at large fossil fuel burning plants, heavy industry and other applications.
Astaris is North America's largest producer of elemental phosphorus, with total annual sales of US$600 million, total employment of 1,200 and operates a 260 million lb/year (108 million kg/year) elemental phosphorus production facility in Pocatello, Idaho.
NYSE: SOI) confirms that Astaris LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Solutia and FMC Corporation, will cease production at its remaining elemental phosphorus production facility, located in Pocatello, ID, by the end of 2001.
Phosphorus chemicals sales and profits were up on higher sales of elemental phosphorus.
From 1950 to 1981, the plant manufactured elemental phosphorus from phosphate ore.