Cadmium oxide

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Cadmium oxide

Cadmium oxide is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is CdO. It has cadmium and oxide ions in it.

Properties[change | change source]

Cadmium oxide can be a colorless powder, brown powder, or red-brown crystals. All forms dissolve in acid. It is carcinogenic. Breathing the dust is harmful. It is similar in some ways to zinc oxide.

Preparation[change | change source]

Cadmium oxide is made by burning cadmium in air or reacting an alkali with any soluble cadmium salt.

Uses[change | change source]

Cadmium oxide is used in electronics as a transparent conductor. It is also used to make pigments (cadmium sulfide), kill nematodes, make nickel cadmium batteries, and electroplating cadmium.

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