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Lead(II) carbonate

Lead carbonate
CAS number 598-63-0 YesY
PubChem 11727
RTECS number OF9275000
Molecular formula PbCO3
Molar mass 267.21 g/mol
Appearance White powder
Density 6.582 g/cm3
Melting point

315 °C (decomp.)

Solubility in water 0.00011 g/100 mL (20 °C)
Solubility product, Ksp 1.46 x 10-13
Solubility insoluble in alcohol, ammonia;
soluble in acid, alkali
Refractive index (nD) 1.804 [1]
MSDS External MSDS
EU Index 082-001-00-6
EU classification Repr. Cat. 1/3
Toxic (T)
Harmful (Xn)
Dangerous for the environment (N)
R-phrases R61, R20/22, R33, R62, R50/53
S-phrases S53, S45, S60, S61
Flash point Non-flammable
 YesY (verify) (what is: YesY/N?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Lead carbonate is the chemical compound PbCO3. It is prepared industrially from lead(II) acetate and carbon dioxide.

It occurs naturally as the mineral cerussite.[2]

Basic lead carbonates

There are a number of basic lead carbonates and related compounds, including:

  • White lead, a basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2
  • Shannonite, PbCO3·PbO
  • 3PbCO3·Pb(OH)2·PbO[3]
  • PbCO3·2PbO
  • NaPb2(OH)(CO3)2
  • Leadhillite, 2PbCO3·PbSO4·Pb(OH)2


Lead carbonate is manufactured by passing carbon dioxide into a cold dilute solution of lead(II) acetate, or by shaking a suspension of a lead salt less soluble than the carbonate with ammonium carbonate at a low temperature to avoid formation of basic lead carbonate.


The supply and use of this compound is restricted in Europe.[4]


External links

  • International Chemical Safety Card 0999

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