Prussian blue (also known as Berlin blue, Brandenburg blue, or Parisian or Paris blue in painting) was initially developed as a paint and ink pigment. The name Prussian blue originated in the 18th century, when the compound was employed to color Prussian army uniform jackets. It is a deep blue pigment consisting of iron cations, cyanide anions, and water and is produced when the oxidation of ferrous ferrocyanide salts occurs.
It is used as an antidote for certain kinds of heavy metal poisoning and is listed on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.
|Name of Product||Prussian Blue|
|Synonyms||Ferric Ferrocyanide; iron(III) hexacyanoferrate(II); Ferrocin; Parisian blue; Preussischblau; Turnbulls Blau; Berliner Blau; Brandenburg blue; Berlin blue; Sarum blue; Midnight blue|
|Molecular Weight||859.2 g/mol|
|1||Appearance (Form)||Solid Powder or Opaque Crystals|
|2||Appearance (Colour)||Deep Blue to Purple|
|3||Solubility||Practically insoluble in water, diluted acids, and most common organic solvents|
Q. How does Prussian Blue work?
Owing to the ion-exchange property of Prussian Blue and it’s high affinity for “soft” metal cations, it works by binding to the metals in the digestive tract and prevents the body from absorbing them, thus working as an antidote for heavy metal poisoning, such as thallium and radioactive isotopes of caesium.
Q. Is Prussian blue toxic?
Attempts at self-treatment with Prussian blue dye grade are not recommended. The dye grade variety of Prussian blue should not be used as a therapy for radioactive contamination since it may cause harm.