Ferrous acetate

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Green crystals formed by the reaction of acetic acid with iron. Ferrous acetate was used as a mordant for black dyes on cotton and silk. It was also used in dyeing leather and preserving wood.

Synonyms and Related Terms

iron acetate; acetate of iron; black liquor, iron liquor; pyrolignite of iron

Other Properties

Soluble in water and alcohol. Oxidizes to ferric acetate in air.

Composition Fe(C2H3O2)2.4H2O

Hazards and Safety


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996