Detailed Product Description:
A brownish/black powder.† Soluble in water, alcohol, glycerol, methanol
Ferric Chloride, (more correctly called Iron (III) chloride) is an industrial
scale commodity chemical compound.† The color of ferric chloride crystals
depends on the viewing angleóby reflected light the crystals appear dark green,
but by transmitted light they appear purple-red. †Anhydrous ferric chloride
is deliquescent, forming hydrated hydrogen chloride mists in moist air.
This is ACS Reagent Grade material with a minimum purity of 97%
Commonly used as an etching agent in engraving, photography and in
printed circuitry.† When dissolved in water, ferric chloride undergoes
hydrolysis and gives off heat in an exothermic reaction. †The resulting
brown, acidic, and corrosive solution is used as a coagulant in sewage
treatment and drinking water production, and as an etchant for copper-
based metals including printed circuit board processing.† †
Anhydrous ferric chloride is a fairly strong Lewis acid, and is used as
a catalyst in organic synthesis.
It is sometimes used by American coin collectors to identify the dates of
Buffalo nickels that are so badly worn that the date is no longer visible.
Also used by knife craftsmen and sword smiths to stain blades, to give a
contrasting effect to the metal, and to view metal layering or imperfections.
Used for etching of photogravure plates for printing photographic and fine
art images in intaglio and for etching rotogravure cylinders used in the printing
Ferric Chloride is toxic, highly corrosive and acidic.† The anhydrous material
is a powerful dehydrating agent. †††Toxic by ingestion and inhalation.† Strong
irritant to skin and tissue.† Download, read, and understand precautions
described in MSDS before using this substance.
Click here to download MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
Contents of 100 grams comes packed in 250ml sized wide-mouth
amber glass bottle.