Agent Name

Mercuric telluride

CAS Number

12068-90-5

Formula

Hg-Te

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Mercury telluride; [ChemIDplus] Mercury(II)telluride; [ChemFinder] UN2025

Category

Mercury Compounds, Inorganic

Description

Black solid, insoluble in water; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in solar cell semiconductors, transistors, infrared detectors, and ultrasonic amplifiers; [Hawley]

Comments

A skin and eye irritant; Very toxic by ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption with potential to cause mercury poisoning and tellurium poisoning (garlic odor of breath and sweat); [MSDSonline] See "Mercury, inorganic compounds" and the linked occupational disease.

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg (0.1 mg/m3, as Te)

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg (0.1 mg/m3, as Te)

MAK

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg, inhalable fraction

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Nephrotoxin

Yes

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