Ferrous Sulfide

Definition - What does Ferrous Sulfide mean?

Ferrous Sulfide, also known as iron sulfide is a chemical compound that is made up of Iron and sulfur. It is mainly black in color and is insoluble in water but soluble in acids. When ferrous sulfide reacts with hydrochloric acid it produces hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and a rotten egg smell. Ferrous sulfide is mainly used in the manufacture of ceramics.

Petropedia explains Ferrous Sulfide

Ferrous sulfide has the chemical formula FeS hence the name iron (II) sulfide. There is a wide range of applications of ferrous (II) sulfide or iron sulfide. It is used in the metallurgical industry in imparting and improving additional mechanical properties of metals and alloys by adding sulfur to the metals in the steel manufacturing industry.

Some of the industries where ferrous sulfide finds its purpose are:

  • Alloy & Stainless Steel industries
  • Metal cutting industry
  • Wire rope and steel reinforcement (rebars) manufacturing industries.
  • In labs to understand pH value of any solution.
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