Author Topic: HgCl2 and HG acetate interchangeability  (Read 7733 times)

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HgCl2 and HG acetate interchangeability
« on: November 13, 2002, 10:00:00 AM »
didnt have much luck over in "acquisition" so i am sorry and im not trying to cross post......  here are brightstars exact words in the chemicals list:

"""(1 gram of: HgCl2, Hg(NO3)2, Hg(acetate)2, HgCl, It can be anything"""

my question is....can any bee tell me whether mercuric acetate will work in place of mercuric chloride? 

The third entry in the list above says Hg(acetate) that the same as mercuric acetate?  or does the 2 on the end mean its something other, because if it is the same that answers my question.  forgive me Im learning and dont know my elements table or understand the exponents quite yet. 

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Mercuric acetate works
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2002, 10:06:00 AM »
Mercuric acetate is Hg(OAc)2, where "OAc" is shorthand for the acetate ion.

I looked it up in the Merck Index, and it seems like it is easily soluble in water, and that it on standing will precipitate a yellow insoluble basic salt, but as long as you make the solution immediately before adding the aluminum, it should work just fine.


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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2002, 02:46:00 PM »
From what I hear causes amalgmtion to fail when using substitions for HgCl2 is the precipitation of Hg(OH)2.