Lead tungstate

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A yellowish-white powder that occurs naturally as the transparent crystalline minerals raspite and stolzite. Lead tungstate has weak reducing and oxidizing powers. It has been used as an industrial paint pigment.

Synonyms and Related Terms

lead wolframate; tungstato de plomo (Esp.); tungstate de plomb (Fr.); tungstato de chumbo (Port.)


  • Toxic by inhalation or ingestion.
  • Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers.
  • Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.
  • NIH: Compound summary

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in sodium hydroxide. Insoluble in water.

Composition PbWO4
CAS 7759-01-5
Melting Point 1130 C
Density 8.235 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 455.07

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 444
  • 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 5269