Zirconium compounds: zirconium disulphide

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

Crystal structure of zirconium disulphide

Zirconium disulphide

  • Formula as often written: ZrS2
  • Hill system formula: S2Zr1
  • CAS registry number: [12039-15-5]
  • Formula weight: 155.356
  • Class: sulphide


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

Physical properties

  • Colour: red-brown
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1480°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 3820 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in zirconium disulphide
Element %
S 41.28
Zr 58.72


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of zirconium:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of zirconium disulphide

Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the ZrS2 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Zr1S2

mass  %
154 100.0 __________________________________________________
155 23.4 ____________
156 42.5 _____________________
157 2.5 _
158 37.0 __________________
159 0.6
160 8.5 ____
161 0.1
162 0.6
163 0.0
164 0.0


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.
  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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