Manganese compounds: manganese sulphide

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The manganese in manganese sulphide formally is in the oxidation state 2.

Manganese sulphide

  • Formula as often written: MnS
  • Hill system formula: Mn1S1
  • CAS registry number: [18820-29-6]
  • Formula weight: 87.004
  • Class: sulphide


  • manganese sulphide
  • manganese(II) sulphide
  • manganese sulfide
  • manganese(II) sulfide

Physical properties

  • Colour: green or red
  • Appearance:
  • Melting point: 1610°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 4000 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in manganese sulphide
Element %
Mn 63.14
S 36.86


Three forms, alpha (green), beta (red), and gamma (red) exist.

Isotope pattern

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

Formula: Mn1S1

mass  %
87 100.0 __________________________________________________
88 0.8
89 4.4 __
90 0.0
91 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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