Dimethylmercury

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Dimethylmercury structure

Dimethylmercury, sometimes called dimethyl mercury, is a chemical compound. It contains methyl and mercury ions. Its chemical formula is (CH3)2Hg.

Properties[change | change source]

It is a colorless liquid. It evaporates very fast. It is a very strong toxin to the nervous system. It doesn't react with water like other similar chemicals. It contains mercury in its +2 oxidation state. It can react with mercury(II) chloride to make a crystalline chemical compound.

Production[change | change source]

It is made by reacting a sodium amalgam with methyl iodide.

Uses[change | change source]

It has almost no uses. It is rarely used to test instruments that are used to detect mercury.

Safety[change | change source]

It is extremely toxic. If just a drip gets placed on human skin, it will poison the person. It gets into the brain easily when it goes through the skin. The poisoning does not happen quickly, though. It sometimes can take months before the poisoning effects show.

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