Lanthanum chloride heptahydrate is an inorganic chemical compound. This substance is presented in the form of wet crystalline aggregates of white color. These crystals are highly soluble in alcohol, water and acids. Here are the main chemical properties of the compound:
- Its chemical formula is Cl3H14LaO7.
- The melting point of lanthanum chloride heptahydrate is 91°C.
- Molecular weight – 371.36 g/mol.
- As most of salts, it has hygroscopic properties.
This chemical is primarily used for analysis and research. Besides, it is proven to be a very effective blocker of the activity of divalent cation channels, especially calcium channel.
Lanthanum chloride heptahydrate is extremely dangerous to the environment. Especially toxic it is to the aquatic organisms. Its ingress in water causes long-term harmful effect.
This chemical may cause skin irritation and serious eyes damage. It is strictly prohibited to handle it without wearing personal protective equipment: gloves, face protection and eyeshields.
In case of skin contact, wash with a large amount of soap and water. If in eyes, remove your contact lenses (if any) and rinse cautiously with clean water for several minutes. If the irritation persists, get medical help.
When not in use, it is recommended to store the compound in securely sealed glass, polyethylene or polypropylene container.