Carbon tetrachloride

  • Formula: CCl4
  • Hill system formula: C1Cl4
  • CAS registry number: [56-23-5]
  • Formula weight: 153.822
  • Class: chloride
  • Colour: colourless
  • Appearance: liquid, distinctive smell, danger!: toxic
  • Melting point: -22.9
  • Boiling point: 76.7
  • Density: l.594

The following are some synonyms of carbon tetrachloride:

  • carbon tetrachloride
  • carbon(IV) chloride
  • carbon chloride
  • tetrachloromethane

The oxidation number of carbon in carbon tetrachloride is 4.


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of carbon: 4 coordinate: tetrahedral
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of carbon tetrachloride

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for CCl4 (carbon tetrachloride).

Element %
C 7.81
Cl 92.19

Isotope pattern for CCl4

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula CCl4 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


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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