Mercury (I) Chloride

Hg2Cl2

Uses

  • Previously used as medicine, although toxic
  • Used as an electrode in electrochemistry
  • Used to find the number of photons (a particle representing a quantum of light) in a light beam

Properties

  • Melts at 977 °C
  • Decomposes under light
  • White to pale yellow

Facts

  • Medically used as a laxative and disinfectant
  • Used to treat Yellow Fever in 1793
  • It was used until its toxicity was discovered