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The reaction between lead and oxygen

Lead can form many different oxides. The one most commonly formed when it reacts with oxygen is lead (II) oxide, also known as lead monoxide. However, it may also form tri-lead tetroxide, sometimes called red lead, or lead (IV) oxide, also known as lead dioxide.

Lead + Oxygen Lead (II) oxide
2Pb + O2 2PbO



Lead + Oxygen Lead (IV) oxide
Pb + O2 PbO2



Lead + Oxygen Tri-Lead tetroxide
3Pb + 2O2 Pb3O4


 Lead produces mono tetro and dioxides

The lead oxides produced in this reaction appear as a red, yellow or dark brown powder, and are insoluble in water.

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