Cobalt(II) fluoride

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Cobalt(II) fluoride
IUPAC name
Cobalt(II) fluoride
Other names
cobalt difluoride
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.030.044
EC Number
  • 233-061-9
RTECS number
  • GG0770000
  • F[Co]F
Molar mass 96.93 g/mol
Appearance Red crystalline solid
Density 4.46 g/cm3 (anhydrous)
2.22 g/cm3 (tetrahydrate)
Melting point 1,217 °C (2,223 °F; 1,490 K)
Boiling point 1,400 °C (2,550 °F; 1,670 K)
1.4 g/100 mL (25 °C)
Solubility soluble in HF
insoluble in alcohol, ether, benzene
tetragonal (a,hydrous)
orthorhombic (tetrahydrate)
NFPA 704

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Related compounds
Other anions cobalt(II) oxide, cobalt(II) chloride
Other cations iron(II) fluoride, nickel(II) fluoride
Related compounds cobalt trifluoride
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Cobalt(II) fluoride, also known as cobaltous fluoride, is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is CoF2. It contains cobalt in its +2 oxidation state. It also contains fluoride ions.

Properties[change | change source]

It is a reddish crystalline solid. It only dissolves a little in water. The hydrate (type with water molecules attached) can dissolve in water. It can dissolve in acid. It can react with hydrogen at 300 °C (572 °F) to make cobalt and hydrogen fluoride.

Preparation[change | change source]

It can be made by reacting anhydrous (without any water molecules attached) cobalt(II) oxide or cobalt(II) chloride with a stream of hydrogen fluoride. This reaction makes the anhydrous form. The hydrated (with water molecules attached) form is made by reacting any cobalt(II) compound with hydrofluoric acid. When fluorine is reacted with cobalt at a high temperature, it makes both cobalt(II) fluoride and cobalt(III) fluoride.

Uses[change | change source]

It is used as a catalyst. It can be used as a source of the fluoride ion in dentist care. It is used in lenses.

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