Zinc Chloride

A white crystalline compound. The anhydrous salt, which is deliquescent, can be made by the action of hydrogen chloride gas on hot zinc. It has a relatively low melting point and sublimes easily, indicating that it is a molecular compound rather than ionic. Various hydrates also exist. Zinc chloride is used as a catalyst, dehydrating agent, and flux for hard solder.


Also known as
Butter of Zinc

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Atomic / Molecular Weight 136.315 gmol-1Clip
Density 2907 kgm-3Clip
Melting Point 548 KClip
Boiling Point 1029 KClip
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See also: Chlorine, Zinc, Zinc Chloride Battery.

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Subjects: Chemistry