Phosphorus compounds: phosphorus trifluoride

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The phosphorus in phosphorus trifluoride formally is in the oxidation state 3.

Crystal structure of phosphorus trifluoride

Phosphorus trifluoride

  • Formula as often written: PF3
  • Hill system formula: F3P1
  • CAS registry number: [7783-55-3]
  • Formula weight: 87.969
  • Class: fluoride


  • phosphorus trifluoride
  • phosphorus(III) fluoride
  • phosphorus fluoride

Physical properties

  • Colour: colourless
  • Appearance: gas
  • Melting point: -152°C
  • Boiling point: -102°C
  • Density: 3.8 kg m-3 (gas)


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in phosphorus trifluoride
Element %
F 64.79
P 35.21


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of phosphorus: 3 coordinate: pyramidal
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of phosphorus trifluoride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the PF3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: P1F3

mass  %
88 100.0 __________________________________________________


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.
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  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
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  • 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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