Disodium telluride; hydrotelluric acid, sodium salt
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|Molar mass||173.58 g/mol|
|Density||2.90 g/cm3, solid|
|EU classification||not listed|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Properties[change | change source]
It is a white solid when pure. It reacts with air to make a mixture of tellurium and tellurides, which would make gray or purple colors. It eventually turns into sodium carbonate and tellurium when in air. It is a powerful reducing agent. It reacts with strong acids to make hydrogen telluride. It reacts with water to make sodium hydrogen telluride, NaHTe.
Preparation[change | change source]
Sodium telluride is made by reacting tellurium and sodium in liquid ammonia.
Uses[change | change source]
Sodium telluride is used to make organic tellurium compounds. It also can act as a reducing agent.