White, translucent crystals that are produced by the reaction of nitric acid on lead. Lead nitrate is a strong oxidizing material. It is used as a mordant in dyeing and printing calico and for staining mother-of-pearl. Lead nitrate is also used as a sensitizer in photography and is used in engraving and lithographic processes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
lead (II) nitrate; lead dinitrate; plumbous nitrate; nitrato de plomo (II) (Esp.);
Soluble in water and ethanol.
|Melting Point||290 (dec)|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 331.2|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by inhalation or ingestion. Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers. Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 5434
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_%28II%29_nitrate (Accessed Jan. 15, 2006)