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Mercury(II) sulfate is used for gold and silver extraction, and to make other mercury compounds. Used as catalyst in the conversion of acetylene to acetaldehyde and used as a electrolyte in primary battery. It is commonly used as a catalyst in oxymercuration-demercuration, a type of electrophilic addition reaction.
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Huang, G.; Zhang, G.; Zhang, D. Turn-on of the fluorescence of tetra(4 pyridylphenyl)ethylene by the synergistic interactions of mercury(II) cation and hydrogen sulfate anion. Chem. Commun. 2012, 48 (60), 7504-7506.
Hazard Statements: H300-H310-H330-H373
Fatal if swallowed. Fatal in contact with skin. Fatal if inhaled. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P262-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P284-P301+P310-P302+P350-P304+P340-P310-P312-P314-P330-P361-P363-P501c
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Wear respiratory protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF ON SKIN: Gently wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell. Rinse mouth. Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant