Lead carbonate is a chemical compound that has its other name as Cerussite. It is an important ore. It is a poisonous compound. Its appearance grayish-white, crystalline mineral that is one of the primary types of lead ores. It effervesces in nitric acid and is not soluble in water and ethanol. It turns black in the presence of sulfur fumes and fluoresces yellow to golden color. It occurs naturally.
Lead carbonate is a toxic chemical compound. It causes skin/eye irritation. Repeated contact causes dermatitis. Many lead compounds cause toxic effects in the blood-forming organs and central nervous system. It causes muscle pain and weakness. It causes respiratory tract irritation. Its contact with strong oxidants is chronic. This carbonate salt is stable under normal temperature and pressure. It is also incompatible with strong acids and strong oxidizing agents. On decomposition, it emits toxic fumes of lead oxide. Other combustion products include carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Its appearance is a dry powder with an orthorhombic crystal structure. It has a specific gravity of 6.6. It is not soluble in ammonia and alcohol. It is soluble in alkalis and acids.
USES AND APPLICATIONS FOR Lead Carbonate
It has some applications given below:-
- Lead carbonate works as a catalyst in some chemical reactions.
- It improves the bonding of polychloroprene to metals in wire-reinforced hoses.
- It is utilized in poly (vinyl chloride) friction liners for pulleys.
- It functions as a component of high-pressure lubricating greases, and as a coating on vinyl chloride polymers to improve their dielectric properties.
- It is used as a component of corrosion-resistant.
- It serves as a coating on heat-sensitive sheets for thermographic copying.