Molybdenum disulphide

  • Formula: MoS2
  • Hill system formula: Mo1S2
  • CAS registry number: [1317-33-5]
  • Formula weight: 160.072
  • Class: sulphide
  • Colour: black
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 1185°C; 2375°C
  • Boiling point: 450°C
  • Density: 5060 kg m-3; 4800 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of molybdenum disulphide:

  • molybdenum disulphide
  • molybdenum(IV) sulphide
  • molybdenum disulfide
  • molybdenum sulfide
  • molybdenum sulphide
  • molybdenum(IV) sulfide

The oxidation number of molybdenum in molybdenum disulphide is 4.


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of molybdenum:
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of molybdenum disulphide

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for MoS2 (molybdenum disulphide).

Element %
Mo 59.94
S 40.06

Isotope pattern for MoS2

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula MoS2 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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