Mercuric Chloride Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Mercuric Chloride Properties

Mercuric Chloride

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Mercuric chloride is a laboratory reagent and a molecular compound. It is no longer used for medicinal purposes because it is highly toxic and superior treatments have become available. The main application of mercuric chloride is as a catalyst for the conversion of acetylene to vinyl chloride, the precursor to polyvinylchloride. It was used as a photographic intensifier to produce positive pictures in the collodion process.

Chemical Properties

Acidity 3.2
Appearance White solid
Boiling Point 304 °C
CAS Number 7487-94-7
Crystal Structure Orthogonal
Density 5.43 g/cm3
Dipole Moment Zero
EINECS Number 231-299-8
IUPAC Name Mercury(II) Chloride
InChI 1S/2ClH.Hg/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2
Melting Point 276 °C
Molar Mass 271.52 g/mol
Molecular Formula HgCl2
Molecular Shape Linear
NFPA 704 H-4,F-0,R-0,C-NA
Other_Cations Zinc Chloride;Cadmium Chloride;Mercury(I) Chloride
RTECS Number OV9100000
Solubility 7.4 g/100 ml
Synonyms Mercury Dichloride;Mercuric Chloride;Corrosive Sublimate uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X