Ferric acetate, basic

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A red powder produced from the reaction of Acetic acid and Ferric hydroxide. Ferric acetate, or iron acetate, was used in the 19th century to produced sprinkled effects on leather. It is currently used as a mordant for textile dyes and as a wood preservative.

Synonyms and Related Terms

iron acetate


Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in alcohol and acid. Insoluble in water.

Composition Fe(C2H3O2)2OH
CAS 1450-55-2
Molecular Weight 190.94

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • 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 4057

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