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520918 Aldrich

Gold(III) chloride trihydrate

≥99.9% trace metals basis

Synonym: Hydrogen tetrachloroaurate(III), Tetrachloroauric(III) acid



Related Categories Essential Chemicals, Gold Salts, Materials Science, Metal and Ceramic Science, Research Essentials,
assay   ≥99.9% trace metals basis
form   crystals and lumps
composition   Au, 48.5-50.25%


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Commonly used as a precursor for the preparation of gold (Au) nanoparticles Gold(III) chloride trihydrate along with hydroxylamine hydrochloride was used to produce gold solutions.

General description

The embryotoxicity of gold salt (HAuCl<SUB>4</SUB>·3H<SUB>2</SUB>O) is weaker than the embryotoxicities of a number of other nanoparticles used infor biomedical applications.


1, 5, 25 g in glass bottle

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What is Gold (III) chloride trihydrate, Product 520918, soluble in?
Gold (III) chloride trihydrate is very soluble in water and polar organic solvents.
What is the melting point of Gold (III) chloride trihydrate, Product 520918?
This product has a melting point of 50 deg C, please note that it will decompose at this temperature.
How should Gold (III) chloride trihydrate, Product 520918, be stored?
We would recommend storing this at room temperature in accordance with our MSDS.  This product is light and moisture sensitive so in order to prolong the life of the product it should be stored under inert gas and the bottle should be wrapped in aluminum foil or stored in a dark place.
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