Mercury compounds: dimercury oxide

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The mercury in dimercury oxide formally is in the oxidation state 1.

Dimercury oxide

  • Formula as often written: Hg2O
  • Hill system formula: Hg2O1
  • CAS registry number: [15829-53-5]
  • Formula weight: 417.179
  • Class: oxide

Synonyms

  • dimercury oxide
  • mercury(I) oxide
  • black oxide of mercury
  • mercurous oxide
  • mercury oxide

Physical properties

  • Colour: black
  • Appearance: solid, probably intimate mixture of HgO + Hg
  • Melting point: 100°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 9900 kg m-3

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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in dimercury oxide
Element %
Hg 96.16
O 3.84

Synthesis

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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the Hg2O unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Hg2O1

mass  %
410   0.2 
411 0.3
412 6.3 ___
413 20.1 __________
414 44.5 ______________________
415 61.6 _______________________________
416 93.1 _______________________________________________
417 95.6 ________________________________________________
418 100.0 __________________________________________________
419 60.4 ______________________________
420 71.6 ____________________________________
421 10.8 _____
422 24.4 ____________
423 0.0
424 2.8 _
425 0.0
426 0.0

References

The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

  • R.T. Sanderson in Chemical Periodicity, Reinhold, New York, USA, 1960.
  • N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw in Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth, UK, 1997.
  • F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C.A. Murillo, and M. Bochmann, in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Trotman-Dickenson, (ed.) in Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry, Pergamon, Oxford, UK, 1973.
  • R.W.G. Wyckoff, in Crystal Structures, volume 1, Interscience, John Wiley & Sons, 1963.
  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Wells in Structural inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford, UK, 1975.
  • J.D.H. Donnay, (ed.) in Crystal data determinative tables, ACA monograph number 5, American Crystallographic Association, USA, 1963.
  • D.R. Lide, (ed.) in Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 77th edition, 1996.
  • J.W. Mellor in A comprehensive treatise on inorganic and theoretical chemistry, volumes 1-16, Longmans, London, UK, 1922-1937.
  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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