Caesium: caesium chloride

caesium chloride is known by the following synonyms:

  • caesium chloride
  • caesium(I) chloride
  • cesium chloride
  • cesium(I) chloride

The oxidation number of caesium in caesium chloride is 1.

  • Formula: CsCl
  • Hill system formula: Cl1Cs1
  • CAS registry number: [7647-17-8]
  • Formula weight: 168.358
  • Class: chloride
  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 646°C
  • Boiling point: 1290°C; 1297°C
  • Density: 3988 kg m-3


One way to make caesium chloride is to react the hydroxide with hydrochloric acid. The resulting salt can then be purified by recrystallization.

CsOH(aq) + HCl(aq) → CsCl(aq) + H2O(l)

Caesium(I) chloride can also be made by the neutralization of caesium(I) carbonate with hydrochloric acid. The resulting salt can then be purified by recrystallization.

Cs2(CO3)(aq) + 2HCl(aq) → 2CsCl(aq) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)

While not a normal route of preparation because of the expense, caesium metal reacts vigorously with all the halogens to form sodium halides. So, it burns with chlorine, Cl2, to form caesium(I) chloride, CsCl.

2Cs(s) + Cl2(g) → 2CsCl(s)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of caesium: 8 coordinate: cubic
  • Prototypical structure: CsCl

Crystal structure of caesium chloride

Element analysis

Element percentages in caesium chloride
Element %
Cl 21.06
Cs 78.94

Isotope pattern for CsCl

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


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