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Lead carbonate
Lead carbonate
IUPAC name
Other names Cerussite
CAS number 598-63-0 Yes check.svgY
RTECS number OF9275000
Molecular formula PbCO3
Molar mass 267.21 g/mol
Appearance White powder
Density 6.60 g/cm3
Melting point

315 °C (decomp.)

Solubility in water 0.011 g/100 mL (20 °C)
Solubility product, Ksp 1.46 x 10-13
Solubility insoluble in alcohol, ammonia;
soluble in acid, alkali
Refractive index (nD) 1.804 [1]
MSDS External MSDS
EU Index 082-001-00-6
EU classification Repr. Cat. 1/3
Toxic (T)
Harmful (Xn)
Dangerous for the environment (N)
R-phrases R61, R20/22, R33, R62, R50/53
S-phrases S53, S45, S60, S61
Flash point Non-flammable
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Lead carbonate is the chemical compound PbCO3. It is prepared industrially from lead(II) acetate and carbon dioxide. It occurs naturally as the mineral cerussite [2]

Basic lead carbonates

There are a number of basic lead carbonates and related compounds, including:

  • White lead, a basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2
  • Shannonite, PbCO3·PbO
  • 3PbCO3·Pb(OH)2·PbO[3]
  • PbCO3·2PbO
  • NaPb2(OH)(CO3)2
  • Leadhillite, 2PbCO3·PbSO4·Pb(OH)2


  1. ^ Pradyot Patnaik. Handbook of Inorganic Chemicals. McGraw-Hill, 2002, ISBN 0070494398
  2. ^ Inorganic Chemistry, Egon Wiberg, Arnold Frederick Holleman Elsevier 2001 ISBN 0123526515
  3. ^ S.V. Krivovichev and P.C. Burns, "Crystal chemistry of basic lead carbonates. II. Crystal structure of synthetic 'plumbonacrite'." Mineralogical Magazine, 64(6), pp. 1069-1075, December 2000.

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