Scandium compounds: scandium trichloride

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The scandium in scandium trichloride formally is in the oxidation state 3.

Crystal structure of scandium trichloride

Scandium trichloride

  • Formula as often written: ScCl3
  • Hill system formula: Cl3Sc1
  • CAS registry number: [10361-84-9]
  • Formula weight: 151.314
  • Class: chloride


  • scandium trichloride
  • scandium(III) chloride
  • scandium chloride

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 967°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 2400 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in scandium trichloride
Element %
Cl 70.29
Sc 29.71


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of scandium:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of scandium trichloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the ScCl3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Sc1Cl3

mass  %
150 100.0 __________________________________________________
151 0.0
152 95.9 ________________________________________________
153 0.0
154 30.7 _______________
155 0.0
156 3.3 __


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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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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