Barium thiocyanate

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White, needle-shaped crystals that are used in dyeing textiles. Barium thiocyanate is also an ingredient in some photographic solutions.

Synonyms and Related Terms

barium sulfocyanide


  • Highly toxic by ingestion.
  • Contact with skin and membranes may cause irritation.
  • American Elements: Info sheet

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water, ethanol.

Composition Ba(SCN)2 - 2H2O
Density 3.5 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 253.49

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1027