Cobalt(II) acetate

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Cobalt(II) acetate is the cobalt salt of acetic acid. It is commonly found as the tetrahydrate Co(CH3CO2)2·4 H2O, abbreviated Co(OAc)2·4 H2O. It is used as a catalyst.

Cobalt acetate is a precursor to various oil drying agents, catalysts that allow paints and varnishes to harden.[2] Cobalt(II) acetate reacts with salenH2 to give salcomine, a precursor to a transition metal dioxygen complex:[3]

Co(OAc)2 + salenH2 → Co(salen) + 2 HOAc
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