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Zinc chloride

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Zinc chloride
Zinc chloride

Zinc chloride is a chemical compound. It contains zinc and chloride ions. The zinc is in the +2 oxidation state, the only oxidation state zinc has. Its chemical formula is ZnCl2.

Properties[change | change source]

It is a colorless crystal compound. It dissolves in water. It reacts with bases to make zinc hydroxide.

Preparation[change | change source]

Zinc chloride can be made by reacting zinc with hydrochloric acid. In this reaction, hydrogen gas is also produced. It can also be made by reacting zinc with chlorine.

Uses[change | change source]

It is used in the making of chemicals, textile processing, and the electrolyte of the Leclanche cell. Cells containing this chemical are marketed as "Super Heavy Duty" or "Extra Heavy Duty".

Safety[change | change source]

Zinc chloride irritates skin and the respiratory tract.

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