Ytterbium compounds: ytterbium trifluoride

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The ytterbium in ytterbium trifluoride formally is in the oxidation state 3.

Crystal structure of ytterbium trifluoride

Ytterbium trifluoride

  • Formula as often written: YbF3
  • Hill system formula: F3Yb1
  • CAS registry number: [13760-80-0]
  • Formula weight: 230.035
  • Class: fluoride


  • ytterbium trifluoride
  • ytterbium(III) fluoride
  • ytterbium fluoride

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1157°C
  • Boiling point: 2230
  • Density: 8200 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in ytterbium trifluoride
Element %
F 24.78
Yb 75.22


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of ytterbium: 8 coordinate: bicapped trigonal prismatic
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of ytterbium trifluoride

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the YbF3 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Yb1F3

mass  %
225   0.4 
226 0.0
227 9.6 _____
228 45.0 ______________________
229 68.9 __________________________________
230 50.7 _________________________
231 100.0 __________________________________________________
232 0.0
233 39.9 ____________________


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.
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  • 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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