Barium acetate

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A white, crystalline powder that is used as a Mordant in textile dyeing. Barium acetate is also used as a Drier for paints and varnishes.

Chemical structure

Barium acetate.jpg

Synonyms and Related Terms

barium diacetate


  • Toxic by ingestion.
  • Contact with skin and membranes may cause irritation.
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water and acids. Insoluble in ethanol.

Composition Ba(C2H3O2)2-H2O
CAS 543-80-6
Density 2.19 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 255.42

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 992
  • MSDS Sheet Comment: Fisher Scientific: density = 2.468