Barium acetate

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A white, crystalline powder that is used as a mordant in textile dyeing. Barium acetate is also used as a drier for paints and varnishes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

barium diacetate

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in water and acids. Insoluble in ethanol.

Composition Ba(C2H3O2)2-H2O
CAS 543-80-6
Density 2.19
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 255.42

Hazards and Safety

Highly toxic by ingestion. Contact with skin and membranes may cause irritation.

Fisher Scientific: MSDS


  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 992
  • MSDS Sheet Comment: Fisher Scientific: density = 2.468

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