Cobalt compounds: tetracobalt dodecacarbonyl

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The cobalt in tetracobalt dodecacarbonyl formally is in the oxidation state 0.

Tetracobalt dodecacarbonyl

  • Formula as often written: Co4(CO)12
  • Hill system formula: C12Co4O12
  • CAS registry number: [17786-31-1]
  • Formula weight: 571.854
  • Class: carbonyl complex organometallic


  • tetracobalt dodecacarbonyl
  • cobalt(O) carbonyl
  • cobalt carbonyl
  • cobalt dodecacarbonyl

Physical properties

  • Colour: black
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 60°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 2090 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in tetracobalt dodecacarbonyl
Element %
C 25.20
Co 41.22
O 33.57


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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the Co4(CO)12 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Co4C12O12

mass  %
572 100.0 __________________________________________________
573 13.8 _______
574 3.3 __
575 0.4
576 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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