Sodium Zincate

Sodium Zincate is an inorganic compound. It is also known as Disodium Tetrahydroxy Zincate having the formula as Na2Zn(OH)4.

The inorganic compound was synthesized as byproduct in Zinc granule Reaction. It is a toxic compound. 

Structure & Formula

The chemical formula of Sodium Zincate is Na2Zn(OH)4 and the structure is represented as below.

Structure of Sodium Zincate
Structure of Sodium Zincate (Source)

Preparation Methods

The inorganic compound is heavily toxic and there’s no purpose in real life hence no commercial method for preparation. 

Lab Preparation Method

The compound is prepared in lab by dissolving Zinc or Zinc oxide or Zinc hydroxide in an aqueous solution of Sodium hydroxide (NaOH).

ZnO +H2O + 2NaOH -> Na2Zn(OH)4

Zn + 2H2O + 2NaOH -> Na2Zn(OH)4 + H2

Properties of Sodium Zincate

The physical and chemical properties of this chemical compound is discussed below.

Physical Properties

ColourWhite Powder
Melting PointNO DATA
Boiling PointNO DATA
SolubilityFairly Soluble in Water
Molecular Mass179.418

Chemical Properties

It is highly toxic and no chemical reaction is recorded up to date. 


  • Used to treat low levels of Zinc in living beings.
  • Used to increase Solubility of cellulose at low Temperature.

Toxic Effects

  • Nausea, Stomach upset, Heart burn may occur.
  • Harmful to aquatic organisms.


What are the bonds present in Sodium Zincate? 

The chemical compound contains both ionic bonds and Covalent bonds. Ionic bond is present between Sodium and Zinc whereas Covalent bond is present between Oxygen atoms.

What is the formula of Sodium Zincate? 

The compound has the formula as Na2Zn(OH)4.

Are Zincate and Zantac same? 

Zincate is an zinc containing compound used in treatment of low level Zinc whereas Zantac contains no Zinc in it. It is used for acidity and is the most used drug in the world.

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