TCC’s Ammonium Carbonate is a non-toxic white crystalline salt with the molecular formula (NH4)2CO3. It is also known as hartshorn or baker’s ammonia. Ammonium Carbonate is water-soluble and decomposes in hot water. It is a white powder that is used as a leavening agent in flat baked goods. It is also the main component of smelling salts. Its use as a leavening agent goes back centuries. It is the predecessor to the more modern leavening agents baking soda and baking powder.
Ammonium carbonate is produced by contacting carbon dioxide and ammonia. About 7,000 tons per year are produced worldwide.