|Molar mass||241.21 g/mol|
|Appearance||white amorphous powder|
|Density||7.41 g/cm3 |
|Melting point||135 °C (275 °F; 408 K) (decomposes)|
|1.55 g/100 mL (20 °C)|
Solubility product (Ksp)
|1.42 x 10−20|
|Solubility||soluble in dilute acid and alkalis;
insoluble in acetone and acetic acid
|EU classification||Toxic (T)|
|S-phrases||(S1/2) S20/21 S29/56 S45|
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
|what is: / ?)(|
Lead(II) hydroxide, Pb(OH)2, is a hydroxide of lead, with lead in oxidation state +2. Although it appears a fundamentally simple compound, it is doubtful if lead hydroxide is stable as a solid phase. Lead basic carbonate (PbCO3·2Pb(OH)2) or lead(II) oxide (PbO) is encountered in practice where lead hydroxide is expected. This has been a subject of considerable confusion in the past.
When an alkali hydroxide is added to a solution of a lead(II) salt, then a hydrated lead oxide PbO·xH2O (with x < 1) is obtained. Careful hydrolysis of lead(II) acetate solution yields a crystalline product with a formula 6PbO·2H2O = Pb6O4(OH)4.
In solution, lead(II) hydroxide is a somewhat weak base, forming lead(II) ion, Pb2+, under weakly acidic conditions. This cation hydrolyzes and, under progressively increasing alkaline conditions, forms Pb(OH)+, Pb(OH)2(aqueous), Pb(OH)3−, and other species, including several polynuclear species, e.g., Pb4(OH)44+, Pb3(OH)42+, Pb6O(OH)64+.
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