An orange reddish amorphous powder. Bismuth chromate has been mentioned as having been used as a pigment in the early 19th century. However, it was expensive and offered no clear advantages over the other available pigments at the time.
Synonyms and Related Terms
basic dichromate; cromato de bismuto (Esp.); chromate de bismuth (Fr.); cromato di bismuto (It.); cromato de bismuto (Port.)
- Human carcinogen.
- Skin contact may cause allergies.
- Acute ingestion may cause fatal chromium poisoning.
- Chronic inhalation may cause lung cancer and respiratory irritation.
- NIH: Information sheet
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Soluble in acids and alkalis.
- Insoluble in water and ethanol.
- Composition = Bi2O3-2CrO3
Resources and Citations
- H. Kuhn, M.Curran, "Chrome Yellow and Other Chromate Pigments", Artists Pigments, Volume 1, R. Feller (ed.), Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1986.
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 104
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993