Grayish-white powder formed by adding sulfuric acid to ferric hydroxide. Ferric sulfate is very hygroscopic. It is used as a mordant in textile dyeing and as a component in iron gall inks. Ferric sulfate is also used in water purification systems. Ferric sulfate occurs naturally in minerals with varying states of hydration, including lausenite [Fe2(SO4)3-6H2O], kornelite [Fe2(SO4)3-7H2O], coquimbite [Fe2(SO4)3-9H2O], and quenstedtite [Fe2(SO4)3-10H2O].
Synonyms and Related Terms
ferric sulphate (Br.); ferric persulfate; ferric sesquisulfate; ferric tersulfate
Slightly soluble in water and alcohol. Insoluble in organic solvents.
|Melting Point||480 (d)|
Hazards and Safety
Non-combustible. Decomposes with light
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 3963