Calcium acetate is a chemical compound which is a calcium salt of acetic acid. It has the formula Ca(C2H3O2)2. Its standard name is calcium acetate, while calcium ethanoate is the systematic name. An older name is acetate of lime. The anhydrous form is very hygroscopic; therefore the monohydrate (Ca(CH3COO)2•H2O) is the common form.
Calcium acetate crystals
|Preferred IUPAC name
Acetate of lime
3D model (JSmol)
|E number||E263 (preservatives)|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||158.166 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||White solid |
|Odor||slight acetic acid odor|
|Melting point||160 °C (320 °F; 433 K) decomposition to CaCO3 + acetone|
|37.4 g/100 mL (0 °C) |
34.7 g/100 mL (20 °C)
29.7 g/100 mL (100 °C)
|Solubility||slightly soluble in methanol, hydrazine |
insoluble in acetone, ethanol and benzene
|Acidity (pKa)||ca. 0.7|
Refractive index (nD)
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
|680 to 730 °C (1,256 to 1,346 °F; 953 to 1,003 K)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (median dose)
|4280 mg/kg (oral, rat)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
what is ?)(
- CaCO3(s) + 2CH3COOH(aq) → Ca(CH3COO)2(aq) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)
- Ca(OH)2(s) + 2CH3COOH(aq) → Ca(CH3COO)2(aq) + 2H2O(l)
Since both reagents would have been available pre-historically, the chemical would have been observable as crystals then.
- In kidney disease, blood levels of phosphate may rise (called hyperphosphatemia) leading to bone problems. Calcium acetate binds phosphate in the diet to lower blood phosphate levels.
- Calcium acetate is used as a food additive, as a stabilizer, buffer and sequestrant, mainly in candy products under the number E263.
- Tofu is traditionally obtained by coagulating soy milk with calcium sulfate. Calcium acetate has been found to be a better alternative; being soluble, it requires less skill and a smaller amount.
- Because it is inexpensive, calcium acetate was once a common starting material for the synthesis of acetone before the development of the cumene process:
- Ca(CH3COO)2 → CaCO3(s) + (CH3)2CO
- A saturated solution of calcium acetate in alcohol forms a semisolid, flammable gel that is much like "canned heat" products such as Sterno. Chemistry teachers often prepare "California Snowballs", a mixture of calcium acetate solution and ethanol. The resulting gel is whitish in color, and can be formed to resemble a snowball.
Pure calcium acetate is yet unknown among minerals. Calclacite — calcium acetate chloride pentahydrate — is listed as a known mineral, but its genesis is likely anthropogenic (human-generated, as opposed to naturally occurring) and it may soon be discredited.
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