Mercury compounds: mercury telluride

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The mercury in mercury telluride formally is in the oxidation state 2.

Crystal structure of mercury telluride

Mercury telluride

  • Formula as often written: HgTe
  • Hill system formula: Hg1Te1
  • CAS registry number: [12068-90-5]
  • Formula weight: 328.19
  • Class: telluride

Synonyms

  • mercury telluride
  • mercury(II) telluride
  • mercuric telluride

Physical properties

  • Colour: grey
  • Appearance: crystalline solid, semimetallic
  • Melting point: 670°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 8630 kg m-3

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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in mercury telluride
Element %
Hg 61.12
Te 38.88

Synthesis

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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of mercury:
  • Prototypical structure: ZnS (sphalerite, zinc blende)

Crystal structure of mercury telluride

Isotope pattern

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

Formula: Hg1Te1

mass  %
318   0.1 
319 0.1
320 1.6 _
321 3.0 __
322 7.0 ____
323 11.2 ______
324 27.8 ______________
325 31.0 ________________
326 54.6 ___________________________
327 54.1 ___________________________
328 89.8 _____________________________________________
329 55.8 ____________________________
330 100.0 __________________________________________________
331 24.0 ____________
332 66.1 _________________________________
333 0.0
334 12.5 ______

References

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.
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  • 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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