Zirconium chloride

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Description

Hygroscopic zirconium salt that is used as a reagent in the preparation of silicone plastics and some water-repellent treatments for textiles. White, water-resistant leathers are produced using zirconium chloride and zirconium sulfate as tanning agents.

Synonyms and Related Terms

zirconium tetrachloride; zirconium (IV) chloride

Chemical structure

Zirconium chloride.jpg


Other Properties

Soluble in water, ether. Decomposes in water forming hydrochloric acid and ZrOCl2.

Composition ZrCl4
CAS 10026-11-6
Melting Point 437
Density 2.803
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 233.03
Boiling Point 331 (sublimes)

Hazards and Safety

Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 10307

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