Calcium compounds: calcium dihydride
The calcium in calcium dihydride formally is in the oxidation state 2.
- Formula as often written: CaH2
- Hill system formula: Ca1H2
- CAS registry number: [7789-78-8]
- Formula weight: 42.094
- Class: hydride
- calcium dihydride
- calcium(II) hydride
- calcium dihydride
- Colour: white or grey
- Appearance: crystalline solid
- Melting point: 816°C (under hydrogen gas)
- Boiling point:
- Density: 1700 kg m-3
Element percentages for the elements in calcium dihydride
Calcium hydride may be made by the reaction of calcium metal with hydrogen gas.
Ca(s) + H2(aq) (heat) → CaH2(s)
Solid state structure
- Geometry of calcium:
- Prototypical structure: CdI2
What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the CaH2 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.
42 100.0 __________________________________________________
46 2.2 _
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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