The Chemistry of Sulfur

  • Ryan J. Huxtable
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 6)


The chemistry of sulfur is of immense economic importance. The industrialized world rolls on tires vulcanized with sulfur and more sulfuric acid is manufactured than any other chemical, annual worldwide production being well in excess of 108 tons. The chemistry of sulfur is also of widespread and growing environmental concern. Atmospheric sulfur and its oxides are acidifying the lakes of North America and erasing the trees, buildings and statuary of western Europe. On a less headline-catching scale, sulfur compounds erode and foul metal, an action of major economic consequence. The largest cultural source of sulfur dioxide is the burning of coal. In the 1960s, the release of sulfur from coal exceeded the world’s industrial production of sulfur. However, this is placed in context by the fact that man-made release of sulfur into the atmosphere in any one year is exceeded by a single volcanic eruption of the magnitude of Katmai (1912), Hekla (1947), or Agung, in Bali (1963).


Hydrogen Sulfide Lipoic Acid Sulfur Lead Atmospheric Sulfur Oxygen Sulfur 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan J. Huxtable
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  1. 1.University of Arizona Health Sciences CenterTucsonUSA

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