Copper compounds: dicopper sulphide

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The copper in dicopper sulphide formally is in the oxidation state 1.

Dicopper sulphide

  • Formula as often written: Cu2S
  • Hill system formula: Cu2S1
  • CAS registry number: [22205-45-4]
  • Formula weight: 159.158
  • Class: sulphide


  • dicopper sulphide
  • copper(I) sulphide
  • copper sulfide
  • copper sulphide
  • copper(I) sulfide
  • cuprous sulfide
  • cuprous sulphide
  • dicopper sulfide

Physical properties

  • Colour: black or blue-black or blue
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1127°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 5600 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in dicopper sulphide
Element %
Cu 79.85
S 20.15


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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the Cu2S unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Cu2S1

mass  %
158 100.0 __________________________________________________
159 0.8
160 93.6 _______________________________________________
161 0.7
162 23.8 ____________
163 0.2
164 0.9
165 0.0
166 0.0


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

  • R.T. Sanderson in Chemical Periodicity, Reinhold, New York, USA, 1960.
  • N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw in Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth, UK, 1997.
  • F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C.A. Murillo, and M. Bochmann, in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Trotman-Dickenson, (ed.) in Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry, Pergamon, Oxford, UK, 1973.
  • R.W.G. Wyckoff, in Crystal Structures, volume 1, Interscience, John Wiley & Sons, 1963.
  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Wells in Structural inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford, UK, 1975.
  • J.D.H. Donnay, (ed.) in Crystal data determinative tables, ACA monograph number 5, American Crystallographic Association, USA, 1963.
  • D.R. Lide, (ed.) in Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 77th edition, 1996.
  • 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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