Ferrous acetate

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Green crystals formed by the reaction of Acetic acid with Iron. Ferrous acetate was used as a mordant for black dyes on Cotton and Silk. It was also used in dyeing Leather and preserving Wood.

Synonyms and Related Terms

iron acetate; acetate of iron; black liquor, iron liquor; pyrolignite of iron


  • Combustible.
  • ThermoFisher: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water and alcohol. Oxidizes to ferric acetate in air.

Composition Fe(C2H3O2)2.4H2O

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996

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