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Mercuric Acetate Chemical Structure

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What is Mercuric Acetate?

Mercuric Acetate is an inorganic chemical compound which exists as a white, water-soluble crystalline powder having vinegar-like odor. It is sensitive to light and can turn yellowish with time due to decomposition.

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Name of Product Mercuric Acetate
CAS NO 1600-27-7
Synonyms Mercury(II) acetate; Mercury diacetate; Diacetoxymercury; Acetato de Mercúrio; Acétate mercurique;
Molecular Formula C4H6HgO4
Molecular Weight 318.70 g/mol
Composition C 15.07%, H 1.90% Hg 62.95%, O 20.08%
Odor Mild Vinegar Odor
Pubchem CID 15337
Pubchem SID 462770293


SR. No Criteria Limit/Specification
1 Appearance (Color) White to off- White
2 Appearance (Form) Powder
3 Residue on Reduction ≤ 0.02 %
4 Insoluble matter ≤ 0.01 %
5 Chloride(Cl) ≤ 0.005 %
6 Iron (Fe) ≤ 0.001 %
7 Sulfate ≤ 0.005 %
8 Other Heavy Metals(as Lead) ≤ 0.002 %
9 Nitrate(NO3) ≤ 0.005 %
10 Mercurous Mercury ≤ 0.4 %
11 Assay ≥ 98.0 %


  • As a reagent, Mercuric acetate is utilized for the production of organomercury compounds originating from unsaturated organic precursors.
  • It is also used as a reagent in oxymercuration-demercuration reaction.
  • As a result of its great affinity for sulfur, it is utilized as a reagent in desulfurization procedures.
  • Idoxuridine synthesis was a renowned application of mercuric acetate.


Q. Is Mercuric Acetate soluble in water?

Mercuric Acetate is soluble in water, with a solubility of approximately 25 g/100 mL at 10 °C.

Q. What is the formula for Mercuric Acetate?

Mercuric Acetate is the chemical compound with the formula Hg(O2CCH3)2.


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