Carbon compounds: carbon tetrabromide

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The carbon in carbon tetrabromide formally is in the oxidation state 4.

Carbon tetrabromide

  • Formula as often written: CBr4
  • Hill system formula: C1Br4
  • CAS registry number: [558-13-4]
  • Formula weight: 331.627
  • Class: bromide


  • carbon tetrabromide
  • carbon(IV) bromide
  • carbon bromide
  • tetrabromomethane

Physical properties

  • Colour: pale yellow
  • Appearance: solid
  • Melting point: 90°C
  • Boiling point: 190.5
  • Density: 3.42


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in carbon tetrabromide
Element %
C 3.62
Br 96.38


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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the CBr4 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: C1Br4

mass  %
328  17.6 _________
329 0.2
330 68.5 __________________________________
331 0.8
332 100.0 __________________________________________________
333 1.1 _
334 64.9 ________________________________
335 0.7
336 15.8 ________
337 0.2


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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  • 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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