Tripotassium citrate is a tribasic salt of citric acid. It is produced by complete neutralisation of citric acid with high purity potassium hydroxide, subsequent crystallisation and dehydration. It is also named tripotassium citrate monohydrate and occurs as colorless crystals,or a white, crystalline powder. It is freely soluble in water and practically insoluble in ethanol.
Tripotassium citrate is mainly used as analysis reagent,food additive and alkaline potassium salt for hypokalemia and alkalization of urine in pharmaceutical industry.It’s made efficient compound fertilizer.It’s also applied in paper-making and gold-plating industries,as stabilizer and buffering agent in cheese and as alkaline agent in pharmaceutical formulation.