Calcium: calcium difluoride

calcium difluoride is known by the following synonyms:

  • calcium difluoride
  • calcium(II) fluoride
  • calcium fluoride

The oxidation number of calcium in calcium difluoride is 2.

  • Formula: CaF2
  • Hill system formula: Ca1F2
  • CAS registry number: [7789-75-5]
  • Formula weight: 78.075
  • Class: fluoride
  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1418°C
  • Boiling point: 2533°C
  • Density: 3180 kg m-3


One way to make small amounts of calcium fluoride is by the neutralisation of chalk with hydrofluoric acid.

CaCO3(s) + 2HF(aq) → CaF2(s) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of calcium: 4 coordinate: tetrahedral
  • Prototypical structure: CaF2 (fluorite)

Crystal structure of calcium difluoride

Element analysis

Element percentages in calcium difluoride
Element %
Ca 51.33
F 48.67

Isotope pattern for CaF2

THe chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula CaF2 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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