My friend and I are trying to synthesize mercury thiocyanate, however the only reagents we have access to are mercuric acetate and ammonium thiocyanate.
We figured that we could possibly force a substitution reaction with these reagents in alcohol over heat with stirring.
It worked, but after a few moments the solution turned yellow and after diluting with water (since mercury thiocyanate is insoluble in water and ammonium acetate is the opposite) the precipitate was yellow.
Was there a possible side reaction that occurred? If so what was it? And why is it yellow? I am accrediting that to the sulfur, but I could be wrong as I am a novice chemist.
I don’t have many peers to ask and would appreciate some input!