Nickel(II) acetate

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Nickel(II) acetate
Nickel(II) acetate tetrahydrate.jpg
Systematic IUPAC name
Nickel(2+) diacetate
3D model (Jmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.006.147
EC Number 239-086-1
Molar mass 176.78 g·mol−1
Appearance Green Solid
Odor slight acetic acid
Density 1.798 g/cm3 (anhydrous)
1.744 g/cm3 (tetrahydrate)
Melting point decomposes when heated [1][2]
Easily soluble in cold water, hot water
Solubility Soluble in methanol
insoluble in diethyl ether, n-octanol
+4,690.0·10−6 cm3/mol
a = 4.764, b = 11.771, c = 8.425 Å
α = 90°, β = 93.6°, γ = 90°[3]
distorted octahedral
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g., chloroform Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
350 mg/kg (rat, oral)
410 mg/kg (mouse, oral)[4]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Nickel(II) acetate is the name for chemical compound with the formula Ni(CH3CO2)2·2 H2O or Ni(CH3COO)2·2 H2O also abbreviated Ni(OAc)2·2 H2O. The green tetrahydrate Ni(CH3COO)2·4 H2O is more common. It is used for electroplating.

Synthesis and structure[edit]

The compound can be prepared by treating nickel or nickel(II) carbonate with acetic acid:

NiCO3 + 2 CH3CO2H + 3 H2O → Ni(CH3CO2)2·4 H2O + CO2

The green tetrahydrate has been shown by X-ray crystallography to adopt an octahedral structure, the central nickel centre being coordinated by four water molecules and two acetate ligands.[5] It may be dehydrated in vacuo, by reaction with acetic anhydride,[6] or by heat.[7]


Nickel salts are carcinogenic and irritate the skin.


  1. ^ M. A. Mohamed, S. A. Halawy, M. M. Ebrahim: "Non-isothermal decomposition of nickel acetate tetrahydrate", in: Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 1993, 27 (2), S. 109–110. doi:10.1016/0165-2370(93)80002-H.
  2. ^ G. A. M. Hussein, A. K. H. Nohman, K. M. A. Attyia: "Characterization of the decomposition course of nickel acetate tetrahydrate in air", in: Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 1994, 42, S. 1155–1165; doi:10.1007/BF02546925.
  3. ^ Downie, T. C.; Harrison, W.; Raper, E. S.; Hepworth, M. A. (15 March 1971). "A three-dimensional study of the crystal structure of nickel acetate tetrahydrate". Acta Crystallographica Section B. 27 (3): 706–712. doi:10.1107/S0567740871002802. 
  4. ^ "Nickel metal and other compounds (as Ni)". Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 
  5. ^ Van Niekerk, J. N.; Schoening, F. R. L. (1953). "The crystal structures of nickel acetate, Ni(CH3COO)2·4H2O, and cobalt acetate, Co(CH3COO)2·4H2O". Acta Crystallogr. 6 (7): 609–612. doi:10.1107/S0365110X5300171X. 
  6. ^ Lascelles, Keith; Morgan, Lindsay G.; Nicholls, David; Beyersmann, Detmar (2005), "Nickel Compounds", Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, doi:10.1002/14356007.a17_235.pub2 
  7. ^ Tappmeyer, W. P.; Davidson, Arthur W. (1963). "Cobalt and Nickel Acetates in Anhydrous Acetic Acid". Inorg. Chem. 2 (4): 823–825. doi:10.1021/ic50008a039.