Chemical Properties of Coal (CO-03)
Separate chemical compounds can be isolated from a single lump of coal, but most are combinations of the elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Because coal is combustible, it has great potential as a source of energy. The chemical compounds in Hoosier coals can be used to produce virtually every organic compound in the laboratory, including such diverse substances as aspirin, rubber, gasoline, and plastics. Perhaps someday Hoosier coals will also serves as a major industrial raw material.
Our Hoosier State Beneath Us: Coal