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Character of Lead Hydroxide and Basic Lead Carbonate


CONSIDERABLE confusion persists in the literature1,2 regarding the distinction between lead hydroxide and basic lead carbonate, principally because the latter is often encountered in reactions where lead hydroxide is the anticipated product. It is, in fact, doubtful if the simple hydroxide Pb(OH)2 is stable in the solid state, and in the course of work on lead azide3 we have had occasion to survey a range of preparations claimed to produce this compound.

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TODD, G., PARRY, E. Character of Lead Hydroxide and Basic Lead Carbonate. Nature 202, 386–387 (1964).

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