Zinc Sulphate Heptahydrate occurs in nature as the mineral goslarite. It is soluble in water, and is generally immediately available in most volumes. Zinc Sulphate Heptahydrate belongs to the class of inorganic compounds, transition metal sulfates. These are inorganic compounds wherein the largest oxoanion is sulfate, and the heaviest atom not in an oxoanion is a transition metal. Zinc sulfate heptahydrate is an extremely strong acidic compound based on its acid dissociation constant used to describe the acidity of a particular molecule (pKa). Zinc sulfate heptahydrate is a potentially toxic compound.
Zinc Sulphate Heptahydrate is produced by reacting zinc carbonate with dilute sulfuric acid.
ZnCO3 + H2SO4 + 6 H2O → ZnSO4·7 H2O + CO2
Used in fertilizers and agricultural sprays to supplement zinc in plants
Prevents moss growth on roots
Acts as a supplement in animal feeds
Used in oral rehydration therapy, in toothpaste, as a dietary supplement, and for intravenous feeding
Treats diarrhea or stomach issues related to zinc deficiency