Holmium(III) chloride

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Holmium(III) chloride
Other names
Holmium trichloride
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Molar mass 271.289 g/mol
Appearanceyellow crystals
Density 3.7 g/cm3
Melting point 720 °C (1,328 °F; 993 K) [1]
Boiling point 1,500 °C (2,730 °F; 1,770 K) (decomposes)
Monoclinic, mS16
C12/m1, No. 12
Related compounds
Other anions
Holmium(III) oxide
Other cations
Dysprosium(III) chloride, Erbium(III) chloride
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Holmium(III) chloride is the inorganic compound with the formula Ho Cl3. It is a common salt but is mainly used in research. It exhibits the same color-changing behavior seen in holmium oxide, being a yellow in natural lighting and a bright pink color in fluorescent lighting.



It forms upon union of the elements, but a more commonly used method involves heating a mixture of holmium(III) oxide and ammonium chloride at 200-250 °C: [2]

Ho2O3 + 6 NH4Cl → 2 HoCl3 + 6 NH3 + 2 H2O


In the solid state it has the YCl3 layer structure. [3]

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