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The Effects of Mercaptans on Various Metals

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What is Mercaptan? for many oxygenated organic compounds, there are analogous derivatives in which sulfur replaces the oxygen atom. The derivatives are called “thiocompounds” (e.g., thioalcohols, thioethers, and thioaldehydes). Thiocompounds corresponding to the alcohols (e.g., methanethiol) also are called “mercaptans” because they easily form mercury salts and have been used to treat mercury poisoning. Mercaptans tend to have strong, repugnant odors resembling skunk spray, rotten egg, or rotten cabbage. …