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Its chief application is as an oxidation catalyst and as a raw material for the production of molybdenum metal. It is a Precursor to LAMOX fast ion conductors and superconductors. Molybdenum trioxide has also been suggested as a potential anti-microbial agent, e.g., in polymers. In contact with water, it forms H+ ions that can kill bacteria effectively.
Philippe Lacorre; François Goutenoire; Odile Bohnke; Richard Retoux; Yvon Laligant. Designing fast oxide-ion conductors based on La2Mo2O9 Nature 404 2000,856. The Merck Index, 10th ed.; Rahway, New Jersey: Merck Co., Inc., 1983; p. 892.
Hazard Statements: H301-H319-H351-H335
Toxic if swallowed. Causes serious eye irritation. Suspected of causing cancer. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P261-P301+P310a-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Obtain special instructions before use. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF SWALLOWED: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.