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Mercury(II) thiocyanate is used as a precursor to potassium tris(thiocyanato)mercurate(II) and cesium tris(thiocyanato)mercurate(II). It is also used in the determination of chloride ions in water by UV-visible spectroscopy. Further, it acts as a catalyst for the addition of thiocyanic acid to alkynes.
Hou, Y.; Masoomi, M. Y.; Bagheri, M.; Morsali, A.; Joo, S. W. Two reversible transformable mercury(ii) coordination polymers as efficient adsorbents for removal of dibenzothiophene. RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (99), 81356-81361.
Matveichuk, Y. V.; Rakhmanko, E. M.; Yasinetskii, V. V. Thiocyanate complexes of d metals: Study of aqueous solutions by UV, visible, and IR spectrometry. Russ. J. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 60 (1), 100-104.
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-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. 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