Uranium compounds: uranium trichloride

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

Crystal structure of uranium trichloride

Uranium trichloride

  • Formula as often written: UCl3
  • Hill system formula: Cl3U1
  • CAS registry number: [10025-93-1]
  • Formula weight: 344.387
  • Class: chloride


  • uranium trichloride
  • uranium(III) chloride
  • uranium chloride

Physical properties

  • Colour: green
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 837°C
  • Boiling point: 1657
  • Density: 5500 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in uranium trichloride
Element %
Cl 30.88
U 69.12


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of uranium: 9 coordinate: tricapped trigonal prismatic
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of uranium trichloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the UCl3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: U1Cl3

mass  %
339   0.0 
340 0.7
341 0.0
342 0.7
343 100.0 __________________________________________________
344 0.2
345 95.9 ________________________________________________
346 0.0
347 30.7 _______________
348 0.0
349 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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  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
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  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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