At ReAgent, we supply barium chloride 0.5M in 2.5L containers.
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Chemical and Physical Properties of Barium Chloride
Barium chloride forms white odourless crystals with a bitter salty taste, soluble in water and methanol, but insoluble in ethanol and acetone. Its boiling point is 1560°C and melting point is 961°C.
Uses of Barium Chloride
As an inexpensive soluble salt, barium chloride has many different applications, including:
Commonly used as a test to detect the presence of sulphate, as it produces a precipitate of barium sulphate (BaSO4).
Used in industrial settings in the purification of brine in caustic chlorine plants
Used in case hardening steel
Used in the manufacture of certain pigments
Used in the synthesis of barium salts
Used in fireworks to give a green colouration
Used in the treatment of impaction in horses. This is usually seen as a last resort as it carries a high risk of fatal cardiac arrest
Similar to other water-soluble barium salts, barium chloride can be extremely toxic. In cases of ingestion, magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) or sodium sulphate (NaSO4) can be used as antidotes as they react with BaCl2 to form insoluble barium sulphate (BaSO4). This compound is also toxic, but its detrimental effects can be more easily controlled due to its insolubility.
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Hazard Statement Code
Harmful if swallowed.
Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statement Code
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Wash contaminated skin thoroughly after handling.
IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER/ doctor if you feel unwell.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
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ReAgent supplies barium chloride with a minimum of 99% purity in either 500g or 5kg containers. In addition to this, you can also buy barium chloride 0.5M solution, or in its dihydrate form as 5% or 10% w/v. We even offer discounts on bulk orders.
The Most Common Salt of Barium
Barium chloride (BaCl2) is the most common of barium's salts. It forms white crystals that are odourless, hygroscopic and soluble in water. Another characteristic of barium chloride is that it produces a yellow-green flame when burned.
This compound can be synthesised from barium carbonate (BaCO3) and barium hydroxide (Ba(OH)2) in the presence of hydrochloric acid (HCl). However, the most common process used in the industry involves a two-step process.
Starting with barium sulphate (BaSO4), the first reaction produces barium sulphide (BaS), which is then added to calcium chloride (CaCl2) to produce barium chloride.
A Colourful Use of Barium Chloride
Its toxicity means that barium chloride has limited applications, but it does have one rather colourful use: it is used to generate the colour green in fireworks.
This compound is also used:
To test for sulphate in the lab
In the synthesis of other barium salts
In the manufacture of pigments at an industrial level
Toxicity of Barium Chloride
Like all other barium slats, barium chloride is a highly toxic component if swallowed. Antidotes include magnesium sulphate and sodium sulphate, which form barium sulphate (BaSO4). This compound is also toxic, but less because it is insoluble.
Barium ions are also toxic for marine life, so disposal must always follow strict procedures. Full details can be found on the Material Safety Data Sheet.
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