|Molar mass||611.7704 g mol−1|
|Melting point||628 °C (1,162 °F; 901 K)|
|Boiling point||1,500 °C (2,730 °F; 1,770 K)|
|Solubility||insoluble in organic solvents|
Refractive index (nD)
|Safety data sheet||hazard.com|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (Median dose)
|3.053 g kg−1|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) is a hexamer of composition (NaPO3)6. Sodium hexametaphosphate of commerce is typically a mixture of polymeric metaphosphates, of which the hexamer is one, and is usually the compound referred to by this name. It is more correctly termed sodium polymetaphosphate.
SHMP is used as a sequestrant and has applications within a wide variety of industries, including as a food additive in which it is used under the E number E452i. Sodium carbonate is sometimes added to SHMP to raise the pH to 8.0-8.6, which produces a number of SHMP products used for water softening and detergents.
A significant use for sodium hexametaphosphate is as a deflocculant in the production of clay-based ceramic particles. It is also used as a dispersing agent to break down clay and other soil types.
It is used as an active ingredient in toothpastes as an anti-staining and tartar prevention ingredient.
Artificial maple syrup, canned milk, cheese powders and dips, imitation cheese, whipped topping, packaged egg whites, roast beef, fish fillets, fruit jelly, frozen desserts, salad dressing, herring, breakfast cereal, ice cream, beer, and bottled beverages, among other foods, can contain sodium hexametaphosphate. 
SHMP is prepared by heating monosodium orthophosphate to generate sodium acid pyrophosphate:
- 2 NaH2PO4 → Na2H2P2O7 + H2O
Subsequently, the pyrophosphate is heated to give the corresponding sodium hexametaphosphate:
- 3 Na2H2P2O7 → (NaPO3)6 + 3 H2O
followed by rapid cooling.
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- ASTM D422 - 63(2007) Standard Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils.
- Crest Pro-Health Frequently Asked Questions
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- Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia
- Use of phosphates (including sodium hexametaphosphate) in industry
- Material Safety Data Sheet