Vanadium compounds: vanadium trichloride

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

Crystal structure of vanadium trichloride

Vanadium trichloride

  • Formula as often written: VCl3
  • Hill system formula: Cl3V1
  • CAS registry number: [7718-98-1]
  • Formula weight: 157.3
  • Class: chloride


  • vanadium trichloride
  • vanadium(III) chloride
  • vanadium chloride

Physical properties

  • Colour: red-violet
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 400°C (disproportionates to VCl2 + VCl4)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 3000 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in vanadium trichloride
Element %
Cl 67.61
V 32.39


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of vanadium: 6 coordinate: octahedral
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of vanadium trichloride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the VCl3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: V1Cl3

mass  %
155   0.3 
156 100.0 __________________________________________________
157 0.2
158 95.9 ________________________________________________
159 0.1
160 30.7 _______________
161 0.0
162 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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  • 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.
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