Chromium compounds: chromium hexacarbonyl

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The chromium in chromium hexacarbonyl formally is in the oxidation state 0.

Crystal structure of chromium hexacarbonyl

Chromium hexacarbonyl

  • Formula as often written: Cr(CO)6
  • Hill system formula: C6Cr1O6
  • CAS registry number: [13007-92-6]
  • Formula weight: 220.057
  • Class: carbonyl complex organometallic


  • chromium hexacarbonyl
  • chromium(O) carbonyl
  • hexacarbonyl chromium

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 155°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 1770 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in chromium hexacarbonyl
Element %
C 32.75
Cr 23.63
O 43.62


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of chromium: 6 coordinate: octahedral
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of chromium hexacarbonyl

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the Cr(CO)6 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Cr1C6O6

mass  %
218   5.2 ___
219 0.4
220 100.0 __________________________________________________
221 18.2 _________
222 5.0 __
223 0.4
224 0.1


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.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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