Europium dichloride

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Europium dichloride
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Other names
Europium(II) chloride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 237-386-7
PubChem CID
  • InChI=1S/2ClH.Eu/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2
  • Cl[Eu]Cl
Molar mass 222.86 g·mol−1
Appearancewhite solid
Density 4.86 g·cm−3 [1]
Melting point 738 °C (1,011 K) [2]
Boiling point 2,190 °C (2,460 K) [2]
Related compounds
Other anions
europium difluoride
europium dibromide
europium diiodide
Other cations
samarium dichloride
thulium dichloride
Related compounds
europium trichloride
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Europium dichloride is an inorganic compound with a chemical formula EuCl2. When it is irradiated by ultraviolet light, it has bright blue fluorescence. [3]



Europium dichloride can be produced by reducing europium trichloride with hydrogen gas at high temperature [4]

2 EuCl3 + H2 → 2 EuCl2 + 2 HCl

If dry europium trichloride reacts with lithium borohydride in THF, it can also produce europium dichloride: [5]

2 EuCl3 + 2 LiBH4 → 2 EuCl2 + 2 LiCl + H2↑ + B2H6


Europium dichloride can form yellow ammonia complexes:EuCl2•8NH3, and can dissolve to pale yellowish EuCl2•NH3. [4] Europium dichloride can react with europium hydride at 120-bar H2, producing EuClH that fluoresces green. [6]

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Europium compounds are compounds formed by the lanthanide metal europium (Eu). In these compounds, europium generally exhibits the +3 oxidation state, such as EuCl3, Eu(NO3)3 and Eu(CH3COO)3. Compounds with europium in the +2 oxidation state are also known. The +2 ion of europium is the most stable divalent ion of lanthanide metals in aqueous solution. Lipophilic europium complexes often feature acetylacetonate-like ligands, e.g., Eufod.


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