Comburent, to the best of my knowledge, refer to substances that catalyze combustion reactions without reacting itself or being flammable independently, such as potassium chromate. How would oxidizing agents assist combustion reactions?

  • $\begingroup$ Well, potassium chromate is a useful oxidizing agent, so you may have already answered your title question. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Jan 30 '16 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry for not clarifying, I meant to say that potassium chromate is a strong oxidizer, I didn't know it was a comburent. Also, I don't understand how or why. $\endgroup$ – user289661 Jan 30 '16 at 3:18
  • $\begingroup$ Comburent would seem to include materials which are themselves combustible. thefreedictionary.com/comburent $\endgroup$ – MaxW Jan 30 '16 at 8:19

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