Copper acetate monohydrate is a bluish-green solid, soluble in water. It is also slightly soluble in methanol, diethylether and acetone.
Often referred to as cupric acetate, it is a complex compound that can be synthesized via a redox reaction of acetic acid solutions with either copper(II) carbonate or copper(II) hydroxide. Large-scale commercial production is accomplished by placing copper metal in the presence of air and refluxing acetic acid.
It has been used in various applications for many centuries including as a pigment in ceramics and as a fungicide known as Paris green. It is a powerful catalyst in polymerization of organic compounds and as a mordant in the dying of textiles.
The main drawback of cupric acetate is its irritant and toxic properties which can cause serious skin burns, eye irritation and possible respiratory illness. However, the anhydrous version can be safely stored in closed containers in a cool dry place.
The best way to get your hands on a high quality copper acetate is to purchase it from a reputable supplier and make sure you are getting the true copper acetate monohydrate with no added fillers. In the end you will get a much higher grade product and a safer chemical for your lab.