Carbon compounds: carbon tetrachloride

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

Crystal structure of carbon tetrachloride

Carbon tetrachloride

  • Formula as often written: CCl4
  • Hill system formula: C1Cl4
  • CAS registry number: [56-23-5]
  • Formula weight: 153.822
  • Class: chloride


  • carbon tetrachloride
  • carbon(IV) chloride
  • carbon chloride
  • tetrachloromethane

Physical properties

  • Colour: colourless
  • Appearance: liquid, distinctive smell, danger!: toxic
  • Melting point: -22.9
  • Boiling point: 76.7
  • Density: l.594


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in carbon tetrachloride
Element %
C 7.81
Cl 92.19


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of carbon: 4 coordinate: tetrahedral
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of carbon tetrachloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the CCl4 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: C1Cl4

mass  %
152  78.2 _______________________________________
153 0.9
154 100.0 __________________________________________________
155 1.1 _
156 48.0 ________________________
157 0.5
158 10.2 _____
159 0.1
160 0.8
161 0.0


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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