Agent Name

Mercury(II) selenide

CAS Number

20601-83-6

Formula

Hg-Se

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Mercury-selenium complex; Mercuric selenide; Mercury monoselenide; Mercury selenide; Mercury(2+) selenide; [ChemIDplus] UN2025

Category

Mercury Compounds, Inorganic

Description

Gray odorless powder; Insoluble in water; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used in semiconductors (solar cells), transistors, infrared detectors, and amplifiers; [Hawley]

Comments

An irritant; Highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption; May have cumulative adverse effects to health; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Mercury, inorganic compounds and the linked occupational disease."

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg (0.2 mg/m3, as Se)

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg (0.2 mg/m3, as Se)

MAK

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg, inhalable fraction (0.02 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as Se)

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Mercury compound, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

ACGIH Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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Processes

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