MacRoscopic Properties: The World We See

Phases of Matter and Intensive Properties

What makes mercury so dangerous?

Mercury can be absorbed through the skin, making it particularly dangerous to handle. Organometallic mercury compounds, like dimethylmercury (CH3HgCH3), are particularly dangerous and have caused the deaths of a number of laboratory research chemists. Most research on this most toxic of mercury compounds has ceased. Be careful cleaning up that broken thermometer!


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