3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||279.55 g/mol|
|Melting point||1,000 °C; 1,830 °F; 1,270 K|
|178 J kg−1 K−1|
Std enthalpy of
|Very toxic (T+)
Dangerous for the environment (N)
|R-phrases (outdated)||R26/27/28, R33, R50/53|
|S-phrases (outdated)||(S1/2), S13, S28, S45, S60, S61|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Mercury selenide can also refer to the following chemical compounds: HgSe2 and HgSe8. HgSe is strictly mercury(II) selenide.
HgSe occurs naturally as the mineral Tiemannite.
Along with other II-VI compounds, colloidal nanocrystals of HgSe can be formed.
- Selenium is used in filters in some steel plants to remove mercury from exhaust gases. The solid product formed is HgSe.
- HgSe can be used as an ohmic contact to wide-gap II-VI semiconductors such as zinc selenide or zinc oxide.
HgSe is non-toxic as long as it is not ingested due to its insolubility. Toxic hydrogen selenide fumes can be evolved on exposure to acids. HgSe is a relatively stable compound which might mean that it is less toxic than elemental mercury or many organometallic mercury compounds. Selenium's ability to complex with mercury has been proposed as a reason for the lack of mercury toxicity in deep sea fish despite high mercury levels.
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- Gawlik, K. -U.; Kipp, L.; Skibowski, M.; Orłowski, N.; Manzke, R. (1997). "HgSe: Metal or Semiconductor?". Physical Review Letters. 78 (16): 3165. Bibcode:1997PhRvL..78.3165G. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.78.3165..
- Kumazaki, K. (1990). "Dielectric properties of narrow-gap semiconductors". Journal of Crystal Growth. 101: 687–690. doi:10.1016/0022-0248(90)91059-Y.
- SNV (1991) Guidelines on measures and methods for heavy metal emissions control. Solna, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency – Naturvårdsverket.