Author : Vinipul Inorganics Pvt. Ltd. | Published on : 08 Nov 2021

How does Zinc Chloride react with common materials or chemicals?

Zinc Chloride is a highly reactive compound used in numerous industrial processes. Understanding its reactivity with other materials and chemicals is crucial for safe handling and optimal use. Vinipul Inorganics India Pvt. Ltd. provides insights into the reactions of Zinc Chloride to help users manage and mitigate potential risks.

Reactions with Organic Materials

  1. Reactivity with Metals
  • Zinc Chloride is known for its ability to react with metals, particularly when moisture is present. It can corrode iron, aluminum, and many other metals, forming zinc and respective metal chlorides. This property is utilized in metal etching and soldering fluxes.
  1. Interaction with Organic Compounds
  • Zinc Chloride can react vigorously with organic substances, especially those containing hydroxyl (OH) groups, such as cellulose, causing decomposition or transformation. This makes it useful in organic synthesis and as a catalyst in the production of various organic chemicals.

Reactions with Water and Atmospheric Moisture

  1. Hygroscopic Nature
  • Zinc Chloride is extremely hygroscopic, meaning it readily absorbs water from the environment. This reaction can lead to the dissolution of Zinc Chloride into an acidic solution, which may release hydrogen chloride (HCl) gas, particularly in warm or humid conditions.
  1. Hydrolysis Reaction
  • When dissolved in water, Zinc Chloride can undergo hydrolysis, leading to the formation of oxychlorides and hydrochloric acid. This reaction needs to be carefully managed in applications involving water to prevent the corrosive effects of hydrochloric acid.

Safety Measures and Handling Guidelines

  1. Handling and Storage
  • Due to its reactivity, especially with moisture, Zinc Chloride should be stored in airtight containers to protect it from atmospheric moisture. Appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves and eye protection, must be worn when handling the chemical to prevent skin and eye contact with Zinc Chloride or its solutions.
  1. Ventilation Requirements
  • Adequate ventilation should be ensured in areas where Zinc Chloride is handled or stored, particularly to manage any vapors or gasses that might be released due to its reactions with water or organic materials.

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