A highly poisonous green pigment composed of copper arsenite. Scheele's green was discovered in Sweden in 1775 by Carl W. Scheele, a German chemist, but he did not publish the recipe until 1778. It is a bright, warm yellowish-green with good opacity. Scheele's green was never widely used as a paint pigment because it was toxic and discolored in the presence of acid or sulfur fumes. Currently, copper arsenite is used as a rodenticide, insecticide, fungicide, and wood preservative.
Synonyms and Related Terms
copper arsenite; cupric arsenite; Pigment Green 22; CI 77412; mineral green; ash green; vert de Scheele (Fr.); Scheelesgrün (Deut.); verde di Scheele (It.)
Soluble in mineral acids. Insoluble in water.
Decomposes in alkalis. Darkens in the presence of sulfur or lead compounds.
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Hazards and Safety
Extremely toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.
May produce toxic arsenic fumes when decomposed by fungi.
I.Fiedler, M Bayard, "Emerald Green and Scheele's Green", Artists Pigments, Volume 3, E. West FitzHugh (ed.), Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997.
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