Iron (III) oxide
|Name||Iron (III) oxide|
|Ingestion||Extremely large or sustained doses may cause iron poisoning.|
|Inhalation||Dust may cause mechanical irritation. Long term exposure to dust may cause mild pneumoconiosis.|
|Skin||No adverse effect reported.|
|Eyes||May cause mechanical irritation. Long term exposure may stain the cornea.|
|SI units were used where possible. Unless otherwise stated, standard conditions were used.|
Iron (III) oxide, also known as ferric oxide, red iron oxide or synthetic maghemite, is one of several oxide compoundss of iron, and is most notable for its ferromagnetic properties. Its chemical formula is Fe2O3.
Iron (III) oxide is often used in magnetic storage, for example in the magnetic layer of floppy disks. These consist of a thin sheet of mylar plastic, coated with Iron (III) oxide. The particles can be magnetised to represent binary data. Magnetic Ink Character Recognition also uses Iron (III) oxide compounds, suspended in an ink which can be read by special scanning hardware.
The CAS number of ferric oxide is 1309-37-1.