Ferric Chloride (FeCl3) is widely utilized for sewage treatment and for drinking water purification. It works by reacting with hydroxide ions to form a floc resulting in easy removal of impurities. This compound is also utilized in research laboratories as Lewis acid for catalyzing various reactions. It also finds application for detecting phenol compounds in organic synthesis. Ferric Chloride (FeCl3) is non flammable in nature and has molar mass of 162.204 g/mol in anhydrous form.
Has slightly HCL-like odor
Appears as black colored solid
Has melting point of 307.6 degrees Celsius