|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||214.001 g/mol|
|Appearance||white crystalline powder|
560 °C decomp.
|Solubility in water||4.74 g/100 mL (0 °C)
9.16 g/100 mL (25 °C)
32.3 g/100 mL (100 °C)
|Solubility||soluble in KI solution
insoluble in alcohol, liquid ammonia, nitric acid
|EU Index||Oxidant [O]|
|R-phrases||R9, R22, R36, R37, R38|
|Other anions||Potassium chlorate
|Other cations||Sodium iodate|
|Related compounds||Potassium iodide
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Chemical properties 
Potassium iodate is an oxidizing agent and as such it can cause fires if in contact with combustible materials or reducing agents. It can be prepared by reacting a potassium-containing base such as potassium hydroxide with iodic acid, for example:
It can also be prepared by adding iodine to a hot, concentrated solution of potassium hydroxide.
- KI + KClO3 → KIO3 + KCl
Potassium iodate is sometimes used for iodination of table salt. Because iodide can be oxidized by molecular oxygen to iodine under wet conditions, US companies add thiosulfates or other antioxidants to the potassium iodide. In other countries, potassium iodate is used as source for iodine. It is also an ingredient in baby formula milk.
Radiation protection 
Potassium iodate may be used to protect against accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid by saturating the body with a stable source of iodine prior to exposure. Approved by the World Health Organization for radiation protection, potassium iodate (KIO3) is an alternative to potassium iodide (KI), which has poor shelf life in hot and humid climates. The UK, Ireland, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and US states Idaho and Utah are known[by whom?] to stock potassium iodate in tablet form. It is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a thyroid blocker, and the FDA has taken action against US websites that promote this use.
|Age||KI in mg||KIO3 in mg|
|Over 12 years old||130||170|
|3 – 12 years old||65||85|
|1 – 36 months old||32||42|
|< 1 month old||16||21|
||This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2009)|
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- Astbury, John; Horsley, Stephen; Gent, Nick (1999), "Evaluation of a scheme for the pre-distribution of stable iodine (potassium iodate) to the civilian population residing within the immediate countermeasures zone of a nuclear submarine construction facility", Journal of Public Health 21 (4): 2008–10, doi:10.1093/pubmed/21.4.412, PMID 11469363
- Pahuja, D.N.; Rajan, M.G.; Borkar, A.V.; Samuel, A.M. (Nov 2008), "Potassium iodate and its comparison to potassium iodide as a blocker of 131I uptake by the thyroid in rats", Health physics 65 (5): 545–9, doi:10.1097/00004032-199311000-00014, PMID 8225995
- Guidelines for Iodine Prophylaxis following Nuclear Accidents, Geneva: World Health Organization, 1999