Tungsten compounds: tungsten disulphide

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The tungsten in tungsten disulphide formally is in the oxidation state 4.

Crystal structure of tungsten disulphide

Tungsten disulphide

  • Formula as often written: WS2
  • Hill system formula: S2W1
  • CAS registry number: [12138-09-9]
  • Formula weight: 247.972
  • Class: sulphide


  • tungsten disulphide
  • tungsten(IV) sulphide
  • tungsten disulfide
  • tungsten sulfide
  • tungsten sulphide
  • tungsten(IV) sulfide

Physical properties

  • Colour: dark gray
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1250°C; 1260°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 7500 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in tungsten disulphide
Element %
S 25.86
W 74.14


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of tungsten:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of tungsten disulphide

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the WS2 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: W1S2

mass  %
244   0.4 
245 0.0
246 79.2 ________________________________________
247 44.3 ______________________
248 100.0 __________________________________________________
249 5.3 ___
250 94.5 _______________________________________________
251 1.5 _
252 7.9 ____
253 0.1
254 0.2


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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  • 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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