Cobalt (II) Acetate Tetrahydrate
Cobalt (II) Acetate Tetrahydrate is the cobalt (II) salt of acetic acid with the chemical formula Co(C2H3O2)2 ∙ 4H2O. It is formed through the reaction between cobalt oxide or hydroxide and acetic acid:
CoO + 2HC2H3O2 + 3H2O --> Co(C2H3O2)2 ∙ 4H2O
Cobalt (II) acetate tetrahydrate is used as an industrial catalyst to harden paints and varnishes, an active catalyst for oxidation and esterification. It is also used to prepare metal complexes having unusual coordination geometry.
Cobalt salts are poisonous and should be handled with care.