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Selenium dioxide

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Selenium dioxide Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:315 °C (subl.)(lit.)
  • Boiling point:684.9 °C(lit.)
  • Density 4.81 g/mL at 25 °C(lit.)
  • vapor pressure 1 mm Hg ( 157 °C)
  • refractive index nD20 <1.76
  • Flash point:315°C
  • storage temp. Store below +30°C.
  • solubility H2O: soluble
  • form powder
  • color white
  • Specific Gravity3.95
  • PH2 (10g/l, H2O, 20℃)
  • Water Solubility 38.4 g/100 mL (14 ºC)
  • Sublimation 315 ºC
  • Merck 14,8434
  • Stability:Stable. Incompatible with organic materials, strong acids, ammonia, nitric acid, halogen acids. Protect from moisture.
  • CAS DataBase Reference7446-08-4(CAS DataBase Reference)
  • NIST Chemistry ReferenceSelenium dioxide(7446-08-4)
  • EPA Substance Registry SystemSelenium dioxide (7446-08-4)
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Selenium dioxide Usage And Synthesis
  • Physical PropertiesWhite tetragonal crystals; acidic taste; leaves a burning sensation; density 3.95 g/cm3; sublimes at 315°C forming greenish yellow vapors with a sour and pungent odor; melts at 340 to 350°C; vapor pressure 12.5 torr at 70°C; soluble in water, 38.4 g/100mL at 14°C; highly soluble in hot water 82.5 g/100mL at 65°C; soluble in benzene; moderately soluble in ethanol and acetone 6.7 and 4.4g/100mL solvent, respectively, at 15°C; sparingly soluble in acetic acid (1.11g/100mL at 14°C).
  • PreparationSelenium dioxide is obtained by burning selenium metal in oxygen:
    Se + O2 → SeO2
    Selenium also forms a trioxide, SeO3. In excess oxygen the product mixture may contain both dioxide and trioxide. The trioxide is unstable.
    Selenium dioxide may be prepared by heating selenium with oxygen and nitrogen dioxide. Presence of excess oxygen would oxidize nitrogen dioxide to pentoxide, instead converting selenium dioxide to trioxide:
    2Se + 3O2 + 4NO2 → 2SeO2 + 2N2O5
    Selenium dioxide also may be produced by oxidation of selenium by nitric acid. The overall reaction may be written as follows:
    Se + 2HNO3 → SeO2 + H2O + NO2 + NO
  • ReactionsSelenium dioxide is reduced to selenium metal when heated with carbon and other reducing agents.
    When heated with ammonia, selenium dioxide forms selenium, nitrogen and water:
    3SeO2 + NH3 → 3Se + 2N2 + 6H2O
    Ammonia reacts with selenium dissolved in ethanol to form ammonium ethyl selenite, NH4(C2H5)SeO3.
    Reaction with nitric acid forms selenic acid:
    Se + 2HNO3 → H2SeO4 + 2NO
    Selenium dioxide is reduced by hydrazine to black amorphous selenium:
    SeO2 + N2H4 → Se + N2 + 2H2O
    Hydroxylamine hydrochloride reduces selenium dioxide to reddish-brown amorphous selenium:
    SeO2 + 4NH2OH•HCl → Se + 2N2 + 6H2O + 4HCl
    The dioxide rapidly absorbs hydrogen halides, forming selenium oxyhalides:
    SeO2 + HBr → SeOBr2 + H2O
    Reaction with thionyl chloride yields selenium oxychloride:
    SeO2 + SOCl2 → SeOCl2 + SO2
  • ToxicityThe compound is toxic by ingestion. Symptoms of the poisoning effects of selenium dioxide are similar to those of selenium metal. Selenium dioxide vapors are highly irritating to eyes, nose and respiratory tract.
  • Chemical PropertiesYellowish white to reddish powder or crystals. It is soluble in water and hygroscopic and absorbs moisture or water from the air. Selenium oxide is incompatible with strong oxidising agents, reducing agents, strong acids, ammonia, organics, and phosphorus trichloride.
  • Chemical PropertiesSelenium dioxide is white to slightly reddish crystalline solid or yellow liquid which forms a yellowgreen vapor. It has a sour and pungent odor. Odor threshold in air50.0002 milligram per cubic meter.
  • UsesIn the manufacture of other selenium compounds; as a reagent for alkaloids; as oxidizing agent: L. F. Fieser, M. Fieser, Reagents for Organic Chemistry vol. 1 (New York, Wiley, 1967) p 992.
  • UsesSelenium dioxide (SeO2) is used as an oxidizing agent, as a catalyst, and as an antioxidant for lubricating oils and grease.
  • UsesIt is used in the manufacture of other selenium compounds. Selenium dioxide is an oxidizing agent mostly used in the allylic oxidation of alkenes to produce allylic alcohols. It is used in creating colorless glass and toner in photographic developing.
  • Production MethodsWhile selenium dioxide, SeO2, can be produced by direct reaction of the element with oxygen activated by passage through HNO3, the compound is easily made by heating selenious acid, H2SeO3. Selenium dioxide sublimes at 315–317 °C (599–603 °F), and is readily reduced by SO2 to elemental selenium.
  • General DescriptionA white or creamy-white volatile lustrous crystal or crystalline powder with a pungent sour smell. Melting point 340 deg C. Density 3.954 g / cm3 . Toxic by ingestion and inhalation.
  • Air & Water ReactionsIn presence of water will corrode most metals [USCG, 1999]. Readily soluble in water forming selenious (selenous) acid.
  • Reactivity ProfileInorganic oxidizing agents, such as Selenium dioxide , react with reducing agents to generate heat and products that may be flammable, combustible, or otherwise reactive. Selenium dioxide reacts with water, particularly hot water, to give selenious (selenous) acid, a weak acid that is corrosive. Stable to light and heat. Rapidly absorbs dry hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen bromide to form the corresponding selenium oxohalide. A good oxidizing agent. Reacts oxidatively with ammonia to form dinitrogen gas and selenium [Merck]. Oxidizes many organic substances.
  • HazardToxic by inhalation, ingestion, and skin absorption.
  • Health HazardAbsorption of selenium may be demonstrated by presence of the element in the urine and by a garlic-like odor of the breath. Inhalation of dust can cause bronchial spasms, symptoms of asphyxiation, and pneumonitis. Acute symptoms of ingestion include sternal pain, cough, nausea, pallor, coated tongue, gastrointestinal disorders, nervousness, and conjunctivitis. Contact with eyes causes irritation.
  • Fire HazardSpecial Hazards of Combustion Products: Sublimes and forms toxic vapors when heated in fire.
  • Potential ExposureSelenium dioxide is used in the manufacture of selenium compounds, a reagent for alkaloids; an oxidizing agent; in paint and ink pigments; in metal “blueing” and etching; as a chemical catalyst; in photographic toners; in electric and photoelectric components; and others.
  • ShippingUN3283Selenium compound, solid, n.o.s., Hazard Class: 6.1; Labels: 6.1-Poisonous material, Technical Name Required.
  • Purification MethodsPurify it by sublimation at 315o, or by solution in HNO3, precipitation of selenium which, after standing for several hours or boiling, is filtered off, then re-oxidised by HNO3 and cautiously evaporated to dryness below 200o. The dioxide is dissolved in H2O and again evaporated to dryness. In H2O it forms selenious acid (see selenious acid above). Its solubility in H2O is 70%w/w at 20o, and it is soluble in EtOH. [Waitkins & Clark Chem Rev 36 235 1945, Fehér in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry (Ed Brauer) Academic Press Vol I p 421 1963.]
  • IncompatibilitiesSelenium dioxide is and inorganic oxidizer; reacts, possibly violently, with reducing agents such as hydrides, nitrides, alkali metals, and sulfides. Contact with strong acids may cause release of toxic hydrogen selenide gas. Water solution is a medium-strong acid (selenious acid). Rapidly absorbs dry hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen bromide, hydrogen chloride, to form corresponding selenium oxohalides. Reacts with many substances producing toxic selenium vapors. Attacks many metals in presence of water.
  • Waste DisposalConsult with environmental regulatory agencies for guidance on acceptable disposal practices. Generators of waste containing this contaminant (≥100 kg/mo) must conform to EPA regulations governing storage, transportation, treatment, and waste disposal.
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