Mercuric Acetate
Title: Mercuric Acetate
CAS Registry Number: 1600-27-7
Molecular Formula: C4H6HgO4
Molecular Weight: 318.68
Percent Composition: C 15.08%, H 1.90%, Hg 62.94%, O 20.08%
Line Formula: Hg(CH3COO)2
Literature References: Prepd from HgO and acetic acid: Wagenknecht, Juza in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry vol. 2, G. Brauer, Ed. (Academic Press, New York, 2nd ed., 1965) pp 1120-1121.
Properties: Crystals or cryst powder; slight acetic odor; sensitive to light. Poisonous! d 3.28. mp 178-180° (overheating results in decompn). One g dissolves in 2.5 ml cold, 1 ml boiling water; sol in alcohol. Keep well closed and protected from light. Aq solns decomp on standing, yielding a yellow ppt.
Melting point: mp 178-180° (overheating results in decompn)
Density: d 3.28
Use: Chiefly for mercuration of organic compounds; for the absorption of ethylene.

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