Calcium acetate

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Calcium acetate

Calcium acetate crystals
Identifiers
AbbreviationsCa(OAc)2
CAS number62-54-4 YesY, 5743-26-0 (monohydrate) YesY
PubChem6116
ChemSpider5890 YesY
UNIIY882YXF34X YesY
DrugBankDB00258
ChEBICHEBI:3310 YesY
ChEMBLCHEMBL1200800 N
RTECS numberAF7525000
ATC codeA12AA12,(anhydrous)
Jmol-3D imagesImage 1
Properties
Molecular formulaC4H6CaO4
Molar mass158.17 g mol−1
AppearanceWhite solid
hygroscopic
Odorslight acetic acid odor
Density1.509 g/cm3
Melting point160 °C[1] (decomposition to CaCO3 + acetone)
Solubility in water37.4 g/100 mL (0 °C)
34.7 g/100 mL (20 °C)
29.7 g/100 mL (100 °C)
Solubilityslightly soluble in methanol
insoluble in acetone, ethanol and benzene
Acidity (pKa)6.3-9.6
Refractive index (nD)1.55
Hazards
NFPA 704
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Autoignition temperature680-730 °C
LD504280 mg/kg (oral, rat)
 N (verify) (what is: YesY/N?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Infobox references
 
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Calcium acetate

Calcium acetate crystals
Identifiers
AbbreviationsCa(OAc)2
CAS number62-54-4 YesY, 5743-26-0 (monohydrate) YesY
PubChem6116
ChemSpider5890 YesY
UNIIY882YXF34X YesY
DrugBankDB00258
ChEBICHEBI:3310 YesY
ChEMBLCHEMBL1200800 N
RTECS numberAF7525000
ATC codeA12AA12,(anhydrous)
Jmol-3D imagesImage 1
Properties
Molecular formulaC4H6CaO4
Molar mass158.17 g mol−1
AppearanceWhite solid
hygroscopic
Odorslight acetic acid odor
Density1.509 g/cm3
Melting point160 °C[1] (decomposition to CaCO3 + acetone)
Solubility in water37.4 g/100 mL (0 °C)
34.7 g/100 mL (20 °C)
29.7 g/100 mL (100 °C)
Solubilityslightly soluble in methanol
insoluble in acetone, ethanol and benzene
Acidity (pKa)6.3-9.6
Refractive index (nD)1.55
Hazards
NFPA 704
NFPA 704.svg
1
1
0
Autoignition temperature680-730 °C
LD504280 mg/kg (oral, rat)
 N (verify) (what is: YesY/N?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Calcium acetate is a chemical compound which is a calcium salt of acetic acid. It has the formula Ca(C2H3O2)2. Its standard name is calcium acetate, while calcium ethanoate is the systematic name. An older name is acetate of lime. The anhydrous form is very hygroscopic; therefore the monohydrate (Ca(CH3COO)2•H2O) is the common form.

Production[edit]

Calcium acetate can be prepared by soaking calcium carbonate (found in eggshells, or in common carbonate rocks such as limestone or marble) in vinegar:

CaCO3 + 2CH3COOH → Ca(CH3COO)2 + H2O + CO2

Since both reagents would have been available pre-historically, the chemical would have been observable as crystals then.

Uses[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ E. G. R. Ardagh, A. D. Barbour, G. E. McClellan, and E. W. McBride (1924). "Distillation of Acetate of Lime.". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry 16 (11): 1133–1139. doi:10.1021/ie50179a013. 
  5. ^ "Canned Heat" at Journal of Chemical Education "Chemistry comes alive!"
  6. ^ Chemistry Teaching Resources