Lead sulfide is found naturally occurring as metallic crystals called galena. Galena is the primary source for metallic lead. When crushed, lead sulfide is a black powder. Lead sulfide can also be made synthetically by reacting a soluble lead salt with hydrogen sulfide or sodium sulfide. Lead sulfide is used in ceramic glaze and as a source for the production of lead sulfate. It is also used as a sensor in infrared detectors.
Synonyms and Related Terms
galena; plumbus sulfide; leaded bisilicate ash; lead sulphide (Br.); sulfure de plomb (Fr.)
Soluble in nitric acid and hot, dilute hydrochloric acid. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 239.28|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by inhalation or ingestion. Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers. Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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