Rhenium compounds: rhenium tetrachloride

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The rhenium in rhenium tetrachloride formally is in the oxidation state 4.

Crystal structure of rhenium tetrachloride

Rhenium tetrachloride

  • Formula as often written: ReCl4
  • Hill system formula: Cl4Re1
  • CAS registry number: [13569-71-6]
  • Formula weight: 328.018
  • Class: chloride

Synonyms

  • rhenium tetrachloride
  • rhenium(IV) chloride
  • rhenium chloride

Physical properties

  • Colour: purple-black
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 300°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 4900 kg m-3

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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in rhenium tetrachloride
Element %
Cl 43.23
Re 56.77

Synthesis

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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of rhenium:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of rhenium tetrachloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the ReCl4 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Re1Cl4

mass  %
325  33.9 _________________
326 0.0
327 100.0 __________________________________________________
328 0.0
329 93.3 _______________________________________________
330 0.0
331 39.2 ____________________
332 0.0
333 7.8 ____
334 0.0
335 0.6

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.
  • 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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