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Copper Carbonate Properties

Copper Carbonate

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Copper carbonate forming part of the verdigris patina that is found on weathered brass, bronze, and copper. It was formerly much used as a pigment, and is still in use for artist's colours. It has also been used in some types of make-up, like lipstick. It also has been used for many years as an effective algaecide in farm ponds and in aquaculture operations. Copper carbonate was the first compound to be broken down into several, separate elements. It was broken down in 1794 by the French chemist Joseph Louis Proust. It can be used to copper plate a metallic surface by adding sulfuric acid and heat it then passing a charge through it with the metal in the liquid.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Green or blue powder
Boiling Point 290 °C
CAS Number 1184-64-1
Density 3.9 g/cm3
InChI 1S/CH2O3.Cu/c2-1(3)4;/h(H2,2,3,4);/q;+2/p-2
Melting Point 200 °C
Molar Mass 123.555 g/mol
Molecular Formula CuCO3
RTECS Number FF950000
Solubility Insoluble
Synonyms Copper Carbonate;Cupric Carbonate;Basic Copper Carbonate;Copper(II) Carbonate