Lead iodide

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Lead oxide


A bright yellow powder that is made from the reaction of lead acetate and potassium iodide. Lead iodide is sensitive to light. Lead iodide is used for bronzing, gold pencils, ormolu, printing, photography, and cloud seeding.

Synonyms and Related Terms

lead (II) iodide

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in concentrated alkalis, sodium thiosulfate and potassium iodide solutions. Slightly soluble in hot water and aniline. Insoluble in ethanol or cold hydrochloric acid.

Composition PbI2
CAS 10101-63-0
Melting Point 402
Density 6.16
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 461.05
Boiling Point 954

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by inhalation or ingestion. Noncombustible.

Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers.

Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.

Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 5248

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