Hasad Foods, the agricultural investment arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, said the government would increase its grain reserves from 250,000 tons to 300,000 tons in the near future, which is enough to feed the population for six months.
With a lot of deserts, Qatar suffers from water shortages, and Qatar depends on food imports for a long time. Recently, the ongoing tension in Ukraine has caused global food supply tension and rising prices.
In addition to that, the geopolitical situation also affects the supply and prices of many commodities like the copper oxide.
What is Cu2O?
Cu2O or cuprous oxide is an oxide of univalent copper, usually in the form of brick red or reddish-brown crystals and powders. Cu2O is rich in nature, mainly in the form of chalcopyrite.
Cu2O is insoluble in water and organic solvents, but soluble in dilute hydrochloric acid, dilute sulfuric acid and ammonium chloride solution. Cuprous oxide is relatively stable at room temperature and dry conditions, and can be oxidized to CuO only after heating for a long time or in moist air.
What is Cu2O used for?
Cuprous oxide is used to make a ship bottom antifouling paint (killing low-grade marine animals). Used as fungicides, colorants for ceramics and enamels, red glass stains, and materials for making various copper salts, analytical reagents and rectifier electroplating in the electrical industry, fungicides for crops and rectifiers, etc. Cuprous oxide is also often used as a catalyst for the synthesis of organic compounds.
In recent years, Cu2O has attracted more and more attention, because Cu2O is a p-type semiconductor material with excellent properties, and has the advantages of non-toxic, easy to prepare, good chemical stability, etc. It has special optical and magnetic properties and has potential applications in the fields of photocatalysis and photoelectric conversion. The band gap is about 2.17 ev, which can absorb visible light for photocatalysis and photoelectric conversion in theory, and the highest photoelectric conversion efficiency can reach 18%.
Because of the excellent performance and promising application potential of Cu2O, researchers are committed to the preparation of Cu2O with various morphologies and structures, such as conventional films, porous films, micro-nanostructure films, nanowires and nanowires and so on.
What is CuO?
CuO or cupric oxide is a black oxide of divalent copper. Slightly bisexual and slightly hygroscopic. Copper oxide is insoluble in water and ethanol, easily soluble in acid, stable to heat, and decomposed into oxygen at high temperature.
What is CuO used for?
Copper oxide can be used as organic synthesis catalyst, analytical reagent (for nitrogen determination), oxidant, catalyst and petroleum desulfurizer, and can also be used for the determination of carbon in organic compounds.
Used as a colorant for glass, enamel and ceramic industry, anti-wrinkle agent for paint and polishing agent for optical glass. Used in the manufacture of dyes, organic catalyst carriers and copper compounds. It is also used in rayon manufacturing industry and as a desulphurizer for grease. It is used as the raw material for the manufacture of other copper salts and for the manufacture of artificial gems.
Difference Between Cu2O and CuO
Cuprous oxide Cu2O and copper oxide CuO are compounds of the chemical element copper. These oxides contain copper in different oxidized states. In addition, there is a +1 oxidation state in cuprous oxide and a +2 oxidation state in copper oxide.
The main difference between cuprous oxide and copper oxide is that cuprous oxide is crimson while copper oxide is black.
Another difference between cuprous oxide and copper oxide is that cuprous oxide naturally exists in the form of reddish minerals, chalcopyrite, while copper oxide exists in the form of mineral pyrite.
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New Delhi: India's Oil Ministry recently conveyed its intention to five national oil companies including Indian Oil Corp and Bharat Petroleum Resources LTD to assess the possibility of buying shares in Russian oil projects sold by European and American oil majors.
Bp announced it would give up its 19.75% stake in Rosneft, the Russian oil company. ExxonMobil said on March 1 that it would exit about $4 billion in assets and terminate all of its Russian operations, including the Sakhalin-1 project in Russia's far East.
India's oil ministry has asked the overseas investment arm of India's Oil and Gas Corporation to consider buying ExxonMobil's 30 percent stake in the Sakhalin 1 project in Russia's far East. ExxonMobil is the operator of the project and Indian companies already have a 20 percent stake in the project.
Because of the ever-changing international situation, the supply and prices of international bulk copper oxide are still very uncertain.
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