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Mercury(II) Acetate Properties (Theoretical)

Compound Formula C4H6HgO4
Molecular Weight 318.68
Appearance White to yellow crystals or powder
Melting Point 179 °C
Boiling Point 117.1 °C (760 mmHg)
Density 3.28 g/mL
Solubility in H2O N/A
Exact Mass 319.997252
Monoisotopic Mass 319.997252

Mercury(II) Acetate Health & Safety Information

Signal Word Danger
Hazard Statements H300-H310-H330-H373-H410
Hazard Codes T+, N
Precautionary Statements P260-P262-P264-P271-P273-P280-P284-P301+P310+P330-P302+P350+P310-P304+P340+P310-P362-P391-P403+P233-P405-P501
Flash Point 40 °C
Risk Codes 26/27/28-33-50/53
Safety Statements 13-28-36-45-60-61
RTECS Number AI8575000
Transport Information UN 1629 6.1/PG 2
WGK Germany 3
GHS Pictograms

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Date Accessed: 05/28/2020
Date Revised: 05/15/2015


Product Name: Mercury(II) Acetate

Product Number: All applicable American Elements product codes, e.g. HG2-AC-02 , HG2-AC-03 , HG2-AC-04 , HG2-AC-05

CAS #: 1600-27-7

Relevant identified uses of the substance: Scientific research and development

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GHS Classification in accordance with 29 CFR 1910 (OSHA HCS):
Acute toxicity, Oral (Category 2), H300
Acute toxicity, Inhalation (Category 2), H330
Acute toxicity, Dermal (Category 1), H310
Short-term (acute) aquatic hazard (Category 1), H400
Long-term (chronic) aquatic hazard (Category 1), H410

Skull and Crossbones - GHS06 Environment - GHS09

Signal word: Danger

Hazard statement(s):
H300 + H310 + H330 Fatal if swallowed, in contact with skin or if inhaled.
H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

Precautionary statement(s):
P260 Do not breathe dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapours/ spray.
P262 Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing.
P264 Wash skin thoroughly after handling.
P270 Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
P271 Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
P273 Avoid release to the environment.
P280 Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing.
P284 Wear respiratory protection.
P301 + P310 + P330 IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor. Rinse mouth.
P302 + P350 + P310 IF ON SKIN: Gently wash with plenty of soap and water. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/ physician.
P304 + P340 + P310 IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor.
P362 Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse.
P391 Collect spillage.
P403 + P233 Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep container tightly closed.
P405 Store locked up.
P501 Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant.

Hazards not otherwise classified (HNOC) or not covered by GHS - none


Synonyms: Mercuric acetate
Formula: C4H6HgO4
Molecular weight: 318.68 g/mol
CAS-No: 1600-27-7
EC-No: 216-491-1
Index-No: 080-004-00-7

Acute Tox. 2
Acute Tox. 1
Aquatic Acute 1
Aquatic Chronic 1
H300, H330, H310, H400, H410
M-Factor - Aquatic Acute:10


General advice:
Consult a physician. Show this safety data sheet to the doctor in attendance.Move out of dangerous area.

If inhaled:
If breathed in, move person into fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. Consult a physician.

In case of skin contact:
Wash off with soap and plenty of water. Take victim immediately to hospital. Consult a physician.

In case of eye contact:
Flush eyes with water as a precaution.

If swallowed:
Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Rinse mouth with water. Consult a physician.

Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed:
The most important known symptoms and effects are described in the labelling (see section
2.2) and/or in section 11

Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed:
No data available


Suitable extinguishing media:
Use water spray, alcohol-resistant foam, dry chemical or carbon dioxide.

Special hazards arising from the substance or mixture:
Carbon oxides, Mercury/mercury oxides.

Advice for firefighters:
Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighting if necessary.


Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures:
Wear respiratory protection. Avoid dust formation. Avoid breathing vapours, mist or gas. Ensure adequate ventilation. Evacuate personnel to safe areas. Avoid breathing dust. For personal protection see section 8.

Environmental precautions:
Prevent further leakage or spillage if safe to do so. Do not let product enter drains. Discharge into the environment must be avoided.

Methods and materials for containment and cleaning up:
Pick up and arrange disposal without creating dust. Sweep up and shovel. Keep in suitable, closed containers for disposal.


Precautions for safe handling:
Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Avoid formation of dust and aerosols.Further processing of solid materials may result in the formation of combustible dusts. The potential for combustible dust formation should be taken into consideration before additional processing occurs. Provide appropriate exhaust ventilation at places where dust is formed. For precautions see section 2.2.

Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities:
Keep container tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. Keep in a dry place. Storage class (TRGS 510): 6.1A: Combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials


Control parameters:
Component: Mercury di(acetate)
CAS-No.: 1600-27-7
Value: TWA
Control parameters: 0.05 mg/m3 / 0.1 mg/m3
Basis:USA. NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits

Exposure controls:
Appropriate engineering controls:
Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Wash hands before breaks and immediately after handling the product.

Personal protective equipment:
Eye/face protection:
Face shield and safety glasses Use equipment for eye protection tested and approved under appropriate government standards such as NIOSH (US) or EN 166(EU).
Skin protection:
Handle with gloves. Gloves must be inspected prior to use. Use proper glove removal technique (without touching glove's outer surface) to avoid skin contact with this product. Dispose of contaminated gloves after use in accordance with applicable laws and good laboratory practices Wash and dry hands.
Body Protection:
Complete suit protecting against chemicals, The type of protective equipment must be selected according to the concentration and amount of the dangerous substance at the specific workplace.
Respiratory protection:
Where risk assessment shows air-purifying respirators are appropriate use a fullface particle respirator type N100 (US) or type P3 (EN 143) respirator cartridges as a backup to engineering controls. If the respirator is the sole means of protection, use a full-face supplied air respirator. Use respirators and components tested and approved under appropriate government standards such as NIOSH (US) or CEN (EU).
Control of environmental exposure:
Prevent further leakage or spillage if safe to do so. Do not let product enter drains. Discharge into the environment must be avoided.


Appearance Form: powder
Odour: No data available
Odour Threshold: No data available
pH: No data available
Melting point/freezing point:179 - 182 °C (354 - 360 °F) - lit.
Initial boiling point: No data available
Flash point: No data available
Evaporation rate: No data available
Flammability (solid, gas): No data available
Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits: No data available
Vapour pressure: No data available
Vapour density: No data available
Relative density: 3.280 g/cm3
Water solubility: No data available
Partition coefficient: n-octanol/water: No data available
Auto-ignition temperature: No data available
Decomposition temperature: No data available
Viscosity: No data available
Explosive properties: No data available
Oxidizing properties: No data available


No data available

Chemical stability:
Stable under recommended storage conditions.

Possibility of hazardous reactions:
No data available

Conditions to avoid:
No data available

Incompatible materials:
Strong oxidizing agents, Strong acids

Hazardous decomposition products:
Hazardous decomposition products formed under fire conditions. - Carbon oxides,
Mercury/mercury oxides.
Other decomposition products - No data available


Acute toxicity:
LD50 Oral - Rat - 40.9 mg/kg
No data available

Skin corrosion/irritation:
No data available

Serious eye damage/eye irritation:
No data available

Respiratory or skin sensitisation:
No data available

Germ cell mutagenicity:
No data available

IARC: No component of this product present at levels greater than or equal to 0.1% is identified as probable, possible or confirmed human carcinogen by IARC.
NTP: No component of this product present at levels greater than or equal to 0.1% is identified as a known or anticipated carcinogen by NTP.
OSHA: No component of this product present at levels greater than or equal to 0.1% is on OSHA’s list of regulated carcinogens.

Reproductive toxicity:
No data available

Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure:
No data available

Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure:
No data available

Aspiration hazard:
No data available

Additional Information:
RTECS: AI8575000
Material is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin., Cough, Shortness of breath, Headache, Nausea. To the best of our knowledge, the chemical, physical, and toxicological properties have not been thoroughly investigated.
Stomach - Irregularities - Based on Human Evidence
Stomach - Irregularities - Based on Human Evidence


Toxicity to fish LC50 - Pimephales promelas (fathead minnow) - 0.025 mg/l - 96 h

Persistence and degradability:
No data available

Bioaccumulative potential:
No data available

Mobility in soil:
No data available

Results of PBT and vPvB assessment:
PBT/vPvB assessment not available as chemical safety assessment not required/not conducted

Other adverse effects:
An environmental hazard cannot be excluded in the event of unprofessional handling or
disposal. Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.


Contact a licensed professional waste disposal service to dispose of this material. Dissolve or mix the material with a combustible solvent and burn in a chemical incinerator equipped with an afterburner and scrubber. Offer surplus and non-recyclable solutions to a licensed disposal company.

Contaminated packaging:
Dispose of as unused product.


UN number: 1629 Class: 6.1 Packing group: II
Proper shipping name: Mercury acetate
Reportable Quantity (RQ):
Marine pollutant: yes
Poison Inhalation Hazard: No

UN number: 1629 Class: 6.1 Packing group: II EMS-No: F-A, S-A
Proper shipping name: MERCURY ACETATE
Marine pollutant : yes
Marine pollutant : yes

UN number: 1629 Class: 6.1 Packing group: II
Proper shipping name: Mercury acetate


SARA 302 Components:
The following components are subject to reporting levels established by SARA Title III,

SARA 313 Components:
This material does not contain any chemical components with known CAS numbers that exceed the threshold (De Minimis) reporting levels established by SARA Title III, Section 313.

SARA 311/312 Hazards:
Acute Health Hazard, Chronic Health Hazard

Massachusetts Right To Know Components:
No components are subject to the Massachusetts Right to Know Act.

Pennsylvania Right To Know Components:
Mercury di(acetate)


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About Mercury(II) Acetate

Mercury(II) Acetate is generally immediately available in most volumes. High purity, submicron and nanopowder forms may be considered. All metallic acetates are inorganic salts containing a metal cation and the acetate anion, a univalent (-1 charge) polyatomic ion composed of two carbon atoms ionically bound to three hydrogen and two oxygen atoms (Symbol: CH3COO) for a total formula weight of 59.05. Acetates are excellent precursors for production of ultra high purity compounds, catalysts, and nanoscale materials. American Elements produces to many standard grades when applicable, including Mil Spec (military grade); ACS, Reagent and Technical Grade; Food, Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Grade; Optical Grade, USP and EP/BP (European Pharmacopoeia/British Pharmacopoeia) and follows applicable ASTM testing standards. Typical and custom packaging is available. Additional technical, research and safety (MSDS) information is available as is a Reference Calculator for converting relevant units of measurement.

Mercury(II) Acetate Synonyms

Mercury diacetate; Mercury(2+) acetate; Mercuric acetate; Bis(carboxymethyl)mercury; mercury, bis(carboxymethyl)-; Acetic acid mercury(II) salt; acetic acid, mercury salt (2:1); Diacetoxymercury; Bis(acetyloxy)mercury; CAS 592-63-2, EC 216-491-1

Chemical Identifiers

Linear Formula (CH3COO)2Hg
MDL Number MFCD00012165
EC No. 216-491-1
Beilstein/Reaxys No. 3563831
Pubchem CID 15337
IUPAC Name mercury(2+); diacetate
SMILES CC(=O)[O-].CC(=O)[O-].[Hg+2]
InchI Identifier InChI=1S/2C2H4O2.Hg/c2*1-2(3)4;/h2*1H3,(H,3,4);/q;;+2/p-2

Packaging Specifications

Typical bulk packaging includes palletized plastic 5 gallon/25 kg. pails, fiber and steel drums to 1 ton super sacks in full container (FCL) or truck load (T/L) quantities. Research and sample quantities and hygroscopic, oxidizing or other air sensitive materials may be packaged under argon or vacuum. Shipping documentation includes a Certificate of Analysis and Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Solutions are packaged in polypropylene, plastic or glass jars up to palletized 440 gallon liquid totes, and 36,000 lb. tanker trucks.

Related Elements

Mercury Bohr ModelSee more Mercury products. Mercury (atomic symbol: Hg, atomic number: 80) is a Block D, Group 12, Period 6 element with an atomic weight of 200.59. The number of electrons in each of mercury's shells is 2, 8, 18,32, 18, 2 and its electron configuration is [Xe] 4f14 5d10 6s2. The mercury atom has a radius of 151 pm and a Van der Waals radius of 209 pm. It is named after the planet Mercury and often referred to as "quicksilver" due to its appearance as a silvery liquid. Mercury has low melting and boiling points. It is a poor conductor of heat, but a fair conductor of electricity. Mercury is found both as a free element and in cinnabar, corderoite, and livingstonite ores.


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