Phosphorus compounds: tetraphosphorus hexaoxide

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The phosphorus in tetraphosphorus hexaoxide formally is in the oxidation state 3.

Tetraphosphorus hexaoxide

  • Formula as often written: P4O6
  • Hill system formula: O6P4
  • CAS registry number: [12440-00-5]
  • Formula weight: 219.891
  • Class: oxide

Synonyms

  • tetraphosphorus hexaoxide
  • phosphorus(III) oxide
  • phosphorus oxide

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 23.8°C
  • Boiling point: 173°C
  • Density: 2130 kg m-3

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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in tetraphosphorus hexaoxide
Element %
O 43.66
P 56.34

Synthesis

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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the P4O6 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: P4O6

mass  %
220 100.0 __________________________________________________
221 0.2
222 1.2 _
223 0.0
224 0.0

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.
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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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