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On This Day – June 11 : The Scottish chemist Joseph Black discovered carbon dioxide on this day in 1754

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Black noticed that upon heating, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) produced a gas that was denser than air and could not sustain fire or animal life. He called this gas ‘fixed air’, but we now know it as carbon dioxide (CO2).

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar