Hydrogen: hydrogen fluoride

hydrogen fluoride is known by the following synonyms:

  • hydrogen fluoride
  • hydrogen(I) fluoride
  • hydrofluoric acid

The oxidation number of hydrogen in hydrogen fluoride is 1.

  • Formula: HF
  • Hill system formula: F1H1
  • CAS registry number: [7664-39-3]
  • Formula weight: 20.006
  • Class: fluoride
  • Colour: colourless
  • Appearance: gas
  • Melting point: -83.5°C
  • Boiling point: 19.5°C
  • Density: 1000 kg m-3 (liquid at 0°C)


Dry hydrogen fluoride gas may be made in the laboratory by heating anhydrous potassium hydrogen fluoride and collecting the evolved hydrogen fluoride gas.

KHF2(s) (500°C) → HF(g) + KF(s)

Hydrogen fluoride gas may be made on very large scales (20000 tonnes par year) by the reaction of calcium(II) fluoirde, CaF2, with sulphuric acid.

CaF2(s) + H2SO4(l) (200°C) → 2HF(g) + CaSO4(s)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of hydrogen: 1 coordinate: terminus
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of hydrogen fluoride

Element analysis

Element percentages in hydrogen fluoride
Element %
F 94.96
H 5.04

Isotope pattern for HF

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