Boron compounds: boron trichloride

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The boron in boron trichloride formally is in the oxidation state 3.

Crystal structure of boron trichloride

Boron trichloride

  • Formula as often written: BCl3
  • Hill system formula: B1Cl3
  • CAS registry number: [10294-34-5]
  • Formula weight: 117.169
  • Class: chloride


  • boron trichloride
  • boron(III) chloride

Physical properties

  • Colour: colourless
  • Appearance: gas
  • Melting point: -107°C
  • Boiling point: 13°C
  • Density: 5.1 kg m-3 (gas)


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in boron trichloride
Element %
B 9.23
Cl 90.77


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of boron: 3 coordinate: trigonal
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of boron trichloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the BCl3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: B1Cl3

mass  %
115  24.8 ____________
116 100.0 __________________________________________________
117 23.8 ____________
118 95.9 ________________________________________________
119 7.6 ____
120 30.7 _______________
121 0.8
122 3.3 __


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
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  • J.D.H. Donnay, (ed.) in Crystal data determinative tables, ACA monograph number 5, American Crystallographic Association, USA, 1963.
  • D.R. Lide, (ed.) in Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 77th edition, 1996.
  • J.W. Mellor in A comprehensive treatise on inorganic and theoretical chemistry, volumes 1-16, Longmans, London, UK, 1922-1937.
  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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