Yttrium(III) chloride

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Yttrium(III) chloride
Part of a layer in the crystal structure of YCl3 [1]
Layer packing
IUPAC names
Yttrium(III) chloride
Yttrium trichloride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • hexahydrate::233-801-0
PubChem CID
RTECS number
  • ZG3150000
  • InChI=1S/3ClH.Y/h3*1H;/q;;;+3/p-3 Yes check.svgY
  • InChI=1/3ClH.Y/h3*1H;/q;;;+3/p-3
  • hexahydrate::InChI=1S/3ClH.6H2O.Y/h3*1H;6*1H2;/q;;;;;;;;;+3/p-3
  • Cl[Y](Cl)Cl
  • hexahydrate::O.O.O.O.O.O.Cl[Y](Cl)Cl
Molar mass 195.265 g/mol [2]
Appearancewhite solid
Density 2.61 g/cm3 [2]
Melting point 721 °C (1,330 °F; 994 K) [2]
Boiling point 1,482 °C (2,700 °F; 1,755 K) [2]
751 g/L (20 °C) [2]
Solubility 601 g/L ethanol (15 °C)
606 g/L pyridine (15 °C) [3]
Structure [4]
Monoclinic, mS16
C2/m, No. 12
a = 0.692 nm, b = 1.194 nm, c = 0.644 nm
α = 90°, β = 111°, γ = 90°
GHS labelling:
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H302, H312, H315, H319, H332, H335
P261, P264, P270, P271, P280, P301+P312, P302+P352, P304+P312, P304+P340, P305+P351+P338, P312, P321, P322, P330, P332+P313, P337+P313, P362, P363, P403+P233, P405, P501
Flash point Non-flammable
Related compounds
Other anions
Yttrium(III) fluoride
Yttrium(III) bromide
Yttrium(III) iodide
Other cations
Scandium(III) chloride
Lutetium(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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Yttrium(III) chloride is an inorganic compound of yttrium and chloride. It exists in two forms, the hydrate (YCl3(H2O)6) and an anhydrous form (YCl3). Both are colourless solids that are highly soluble in water and deliquescent.



Solid YCl3 adopts a cubic structure with close-packed chloride ions and yttrium ions filling one third of the octahedral holes and the resulting YCl6 octahedra sharing three edges with adjacent octahedra, giving it a layered structure. [5] [1] This structure is shared by a range of compounds, notably AlCl3.

Preparation and reactions

YCl3 is often prepared by the "ammonium chloride route," starting from either Y2O3 or hydrated chloride or oxychloride. [6] [7] or YCl3·6H2O. [8] These methods produce (NH4)2[YCl5]:

10 NH4Cl + Y2O3 → 2 (NH4)2[YCl5] + 6 NH3 + 3 H2O
YCl3·6H2O + 2 NH4Cl → (NH4)2[YCl5] + 6 H2O

The pentachloride decomposes thermally according to the following equation:

(NH4)2[YCl5] → 2 NH4Cl + YCl3

The thermolysis reaction proceeds via the intermediacy of (NH4)[Y2Cl7].

Treating Y2O3 with aqueous HCl produces the hydrated chloride (YCl3·6H2O). When heated, this salt yields yttrium oxychloride rather than reverting to the anhydrous form.

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An yttrium compound is a chemical compound containing yttrium. Among these compounds, yttrium generally has a +3 valence. The solubility properties of yttrium compounds are similar to those of the lanthanides. For example oxalates and carbonates are hardly soluble in water, but soluble in excess oxalate or carbonate solutions as complexes are formed. Sulfates and double sulfates are generally soluble. They resemble the "yttrium group" of heavy lanathanide elements.


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