3D model (JSmol)
|E number||E585 (acidity regulators, ...)|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||233.9888 g/mol (anhydrous)|
288.03464 g/mol (trihydrate)
|Melting point||500 °C (932 °F; 773 K)|
2.1 g/100ml (10 °C)
8.5 g/100ml (100 °C)
2% (25 °C)
|Solubility||soluble in alkali citrates |
negligible in alcohol
insoluble in ether
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Ferrous lactate, or iron(II) lactate, are coordination complexes of iron(II) with one or more lactate ligands. One example is Fe(lactate)2(H2O)2(H2O) where lactate is CH3CH(OH)CO−2. It is a colorless solid.
Iron (II) lactate is used as a reagent in the production of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), specifically in the production of cathode catalytic converters used in these cells. It is an acidity regulator and, since it oxidizes on contact with air, it has found use as a color retention agent for foodstuffs such as olives. It is also used to fortify foods with iron, as a remedy for anemia due to iron deficiency, and as a nutritional supplement in tablet or pill form. As a food additive it is coded under the E number E585.