InChIKey = BRMYZIKAHFEUFJ-UHFFFAOYSA-L
(inter- and intramolecular oxy-,1-3 amino-, and amidomercuration1,40,43,47 of alkenes and alkynes; cleavage of cyclopropanes;64,65mercuration of aromatics;75 o-mercuration of phenols;76 mild oxidation101,102)
Physical Data: mp 179–182 °C; bp dec; d 3.28 g cm−3.
Solubility: sol CH2Cl2, AcOH; slightly sol alcohols; insol benzene, hexane, etc.; sol H2O (slowly hydrolyzed to HgO).
Form Supplied in: white, hygroscopic crystals.
Drying: recrystallization from AcOH followed by storage in a desiccator.
Handling, Storage, and Precautions: acute poison. Hg(OAc)2 is easily absorbed through the skin and is corrosive. Exposure to all mercury compounds is to be strictly avoided. Releases toxic Hg fumes when heated to decomposition. Protect from light.
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