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Lead Oxide (PbO) Nanoparticles - Properties, Applications

A nanoparticle/ nanopowder/ nanocluster/ nanocrystal is a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm.

This article discusses about the properties and applications of lead (II) oxide nanoparticles, also referred to as lead monoxide. Other oxides of lead include lead (IV) oxide (lead dioxide or "red lead"), and mixed oxides like minium (Pb3O4) and lead sesquioxide (Pb2O3)

Lead is a Block P, Period 6 element, while oxygen is a Block P, Period 2 element. Lead is a soft and malleable metal.

The morphology of lead oxide nanoparticles is red or yellow crystalline solids. Lead oxide nanoparticles are graded as toxic and dangerous for the environment.

Chemical Properties

The chemical properties of lead oxide nanoparticles are outlined in the following table.

Chemical Data
Chemical symbol PbO
CAS No. 1317-36-8
Group Lead 14
Oxygen 16
Oxygen 16
Electronic configuration Lead [Xe] 4f14 5d106s2 6p2
Oxygen [He] 2s2 2p4
Chemical Composition
Element Content (%)
Lead 92.83
Oxygen 7.16

Physical Properties

The physical properties of lead oxide nanoparticles are given in the following table.

Properties Metric Imperial
Molar mass 223.20 g/mol -

Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of lead oxide nanoparticles are provided in the table below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Melting point 888 °C 1630°F
Boiling point 1477 °C 2691°C


The key applications of lead oxide nanoparticles are listed below:

  • In magnetic resonance
  • As magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic data storage and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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