Ytterbium(II) chloride

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Ytterbium(II) chloride
Other names
ytterbium dichloride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 237-632-3
PubChem CID
  • InChI=1S/2ClH.Yb/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2 Yes check.svgY
  • InChI=1S/2ClH.Yb/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2
  • [Yb+2].[Cl-].[Cl-]
Molar mass 243.95 g/mol
Appearancegreen crystals
Density 5.27 g/cm3, solid
Melting point 721 °C (1,330 °F; 994 K)
reacts [1]
Orthorhombic, oP24
Pbca, No. 61
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Ytterbium(II) chloride (Yb Cl2) is an inorganic chemical compound. It was first prepared in 1929 by W. K. Klemm and W. Schuth, by reduction of ytterbium(III) chloride, YbCl3, using hydrogen.

2 YbCl3 + H2 → 2 YbCl2 + 2 HCl

Like other Yb(II) compounds and other low-valence rare earth compounds, it is a strong reducing agent. It is unstable in aqueous solution, reducing water to hydrogen gas. [2]

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  1. Lide, David R. (1998), Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (87 ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 4–94, ISBN   0-8493-0594-2
  2. ytterbium - Britannica Online Encyclopedia