Lead(II) sulfide

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Lead(II) sulfide

Lead(II) sulfide, also known as plumbous sulfide, is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is PbS. It contains lead and sulfide ions. The lead is in its +2 oxidation state.

Properties[change | edit source]

Lead(II) sulfide is a black solid. It does not react with acids. It reacts with air at a high temperature to make lead(II) oxide. It is one of the least toxic forms of lead. This does not mean that it is not toxic, though. It is the result of a test for hydrogen sulfide. Paper soaked in lead(II) acetate is passed through hydrogen sulfide. The colorless lead(II) acetate turns black.

Preparation[change | edit source]

It can be made by reacting hydrogen sulfide with lead(II) acetate or lead(II) nitrate. This makes a black solid.

Occurrence[change | edit source]

It is found as the mineral galena. Galena is a little shinier.

Uses[change | edit source]

It was once used as a black pigment. Now it is mainly used in infrared detectors.

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