- Barium sulfate
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ImageName = Chemical structure of barium sulfate
ImageFile1 = Barite-unit-cell-3D-vdW.png
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ImageName1 = 3D model of barium sulfate
Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 7727-43-7
RTECS = CR060000
ATCCode_prefix = V08
ATCCode_suffix = BA01
Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = BaSO4
MolarMass = 233.43 g/mol
Appearance = white crystalline
Density = 4.5 g/cm3
MeltingPt = 1580°C
Solubility = 0.00115 g/L (18°C)
SolubilityProduct = 1.08×10-10 (25°C)
Section5 = Chembox Pharmacology
Bioavail = negligible orally
Section7 = Chembox Hazards
Bariumsulfate is a white crystalline solid with the chemical formula BaSO4. It is poorly soluble in waterand other traditional solvents but is soluble in concentrated sulfuric acid. The mineral bariteis composed largely of barium sulfate and is a common ore of barium.
Barium sulfate is frequently used clinically as a
radiocontrastagent for X-rayimaging and other diagnostic procedures. It is most often used in imaging of the GI tract during what is colloquially known as a ' Barium meal'.
It is administered, orally or by
enema, as a suspension of fine particles in an aqueous solution (often with sweetening agents added). Although barium is a heavy metal, and its water-soluble compounds are often highly toxic, the extremely low solubility of barium sulfate protects the patient from absorbing harmful amounts of the metal. Barium sulfate is also readily removed from the body, unlike Thorotrast, which it replaced. Due to the relatively high atomic number(Z = 56) of barium, its compounds absorb X-rays more strongly than compounds derived from lighter nuclei.
Barium sulfate mixtures are used as white pigment for paints. The combination of barium sulfate and
zinc sulfide(ZnS) is called lithopone. Barium sulfate itself is called blanc fixe. It replaced white leaddue to the latter's toxicity.
Barium sulfate is also used as a high temperature oxidizer in certain pyrotechnic formulas, as barium compounds emit a green colored light when burned. Barium nitrate is more common in green pyrotechnic formulas, as it contains an oxidizer while still producing green colored light.
Barium sulfate is used as a filler in plastics and as a component of
oil welldrilling fluid to increase the density. It is used in Episal salt.
It is used in brake linings, anacoustic foams and powder coatings
Barium sulfate is also used during the procedure of the
soil pHtest. In this test it is used so that it precipitates out any particles (usually clay particles) which would otherwise 'cloud' solution preventing one from seeing the colour of the pH indicator i.e. the result of the test.
It is used in root canal filling.
In colorimetry barium sulfate is used as a near-perfect diffuser when measuring light sources.
In photography it is used as a coating for certain photographic papers.
In metal casting, the moulds used are often coated with barium sulphate in order to prevent the molten metal from bonding with the mould.
Barium sulfate is reduced to
barium sulfideby carbon. The accidental discovery of this conversion many centuries ago led to the discovery of the first synthetic phosphor(Hollman and Wiberg, 2001). The sulfide, unlike the sulfate, is water soluble.
Barium, 1808, Mod.L., from Gk. barys "heavy;" so called by its discoverer, British chemist
Sir Humphrey Davy(1778-1829) because it was present in the mineral barytes "heavy spar," from Gk. barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).
* Holleman, A. F. and Wiberg, E. (2001) "Inorganic Chemistry", San Diego, CA : Academic Press, ISBN 0-12-352651-5
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