Barium: barium dibromide

barium dibromide is known by the following synonyms:

  • barium dibromide
  • barium(II) bromide
  • barium bromide

The oxidation number of barium in barium dibromide is 2.

  • Formula: BaBr2
  • Hill system formula: Ba1Br2
  • CAS registry number: [10553-31-8]
  • Formula weight: 297.135
  • Class: bromide
  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 857°C
  • Boiling point: 1835°C
  • Density: 4781 kg m-3


Barium bromide is made by the neutralization of barium carbonate with HBr in water. The product crystallizes as the hydrate BaBr2.2H2O [7791-28-8] which must be heated to make anhydrous BaBr2.

BaCO3 + 2HBr(aq) → BaBr2(aq)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of barium:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of barium dibromide

Element analysis

Element percentages in barium dibromide
Element %
Ba 46.22
Br 53.78

Isotope pattern for BaBr2

THe chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula BaBr2 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


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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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