Chemical elements
  Molybdenum
    Isotopes
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    Application
    Physical Properties
    Chemical Properties
    Alloys
    Compounds
      Molybdenum Hexafluoride
      Fluoroxypermolybdates
      Molybdenum Dichloride
      Molybdenum Trichloride
      Molybdenum Tetrachloride
      Molybdenum Pentachloride
      Molybdenum Oxychlorides
      Chlormolybdic Acids
      Molybdenum Dibromide
      Molybdenum Tribromide
      Molybdenum Tetrabromide
      Molybdenum Oxybromide
      Molybdenum Di-iodide
      Molybdenum Oxyiodide
      Iodomolybdic Acid
      Molybdenum Sesquioxide
      Molybdenum Dioxide
      Molybdenum Oxide Blue
      Molybdenum Trioxide
      Molybdates
      Aluminium Molybdates
      Ammonium Molybdate
      Ammonium Dimolybdate
      Ammonium Paramolybdate
      Ammonium Trimolybdate
      Ammonium Tetramolybdate
      Ammonium Octamolybdate
      Barium Molybdates
      Barium Paramolybdate
      Barium Trimolybdate
      Barium Tetramolybdate
      Barium Octamolybdate
      Barium Nonamolybdate
      Beryllium Molybdate
      Bismuth Molybdates
      Cadmium Molybdates
      Caesium Molybdates
      Calcium Molybdate
      Calcium Trimolybdate
      Calcium Tetramolybdate
      Calcium Octamolybdate
      Chromium Molybdates
      Cobalt Molybdates
      Cobalt Dimolybdate
      Cobalt Trimolybdate
      Copper Molybdates
      Ferrous Molybdate
      Ferric Molybdate
      Indium Molybdate
      Lead Molybdates
      Lithium Molybdate
      Lithium Dimolybdate
      Lithium Paramolybdate
      Lithium Trimolybdate
      Lithium Tetramolybdate
      Magnesium Molybdates
      Magnesium Paramolybdate
      Magnesium Trimolybdate
      Manganese Molybdate
      Mercurous Molybdates
      Nickel Molybdates
      Potassium Molybdate
      Potassium Dimolybdate
      Potassium Paramolybdate
      Potassium Trimolybdate
      Potassium Tetramolybdate
      Potassium Octamolybdate
      Potassium Decamolybdate
      Rhodium Molybdates
      Rubidium Molybdate
      Rubidium Dimolybdate
      Rubidium Paramolybdate
      Rubidium Trimolybdate
      Rubidium Tetramolybdates
      Silver Molybdates
      Normal Silver Molybdate
      Sodium Molybdate
      Sodium Dimolybdate
      Sodium Paramolybdate
      Sodium Trimolybdate
      Sodium Tetramolybdate
      Sodium Iodomolybdate
      Strontium Molybdate
      Thallous Molybdate
      Thallous Paramolybdate
      Thallous Tetramolybdate
      Thorium Molybdate
      Uranium Molybdates
      Uranyl Octamolybdate
      Zinc Molybdates
      Zinc Trimolybdate
      Zinc Tetramolybdate
      Zinc Octamolybdate
      Zirconium Molybdate
      Permolybdic Acid
      Molybdenum Sesquisulphide
      Molybdenum Disulphide
      Dimolybdenum Pentasulphide
      Molybdenum Trisulphide
      Molybdenum Tetrasulphide
      Thiomolybdates
      Ammonium Thiomolybdates
      Ammonium Molybdosulphites
      Potassium Thiomolybdate
      Potassium Thiodimolybdate
      Potassium Dithiodioxymolybdate
      Potassium Molybdosulphite
      Sodium Thiomolybdates
      Sodium Molybdosulphites
      Molybdenum Sulphates
      Molybdenum Selenide
      Complex Molybdoselenites
      Chromates of Molybdenum
      Molybdenum Phosphide
      Molybdic Metaphosphate
      Heteropoly-compounds with Phosphorus
      12-Molybdophosphoric Acid
      9-Molybdophosphoric Acid
      172-Molybdophosphoric Acid
      Molybdohypophosphates
      Molybdophosphites
      Molybdohypophosphites
      12-Molybdo-arsenates
      9-Molybdo-arsenates
      3-Molybdo-arsenates
      Molybdenum Carbides
      Molybdenum Carbonyl
      Reddish-violet Salts
      Yellow Salts
      Thiocyanates of Molybdenum
      Molybdenum Monosilicide
      Molybdenum Sesquisilicide
      Molybdenum Disilicide
      Molybdosilicic Acid and Molybdosilicates
      12-Molybdosilicic Acid
    PDB 1aa6-1qh8
    PDB 1r27-2jir
    PDB 2min-3unc
    PDB 3uni-4f6t

Molybdenum Trichloride, MoCl3






Molybdenum Trichloride, MoCl3, is obtained by reduction of the pentachloride by hydrogen at 250° C.; by passing the vapour of the pentachloride over the heated metal; or by passing a mixture of the pentachloride vapour and carbon dioxide through a heated tube. It is a reddish-brown amorphous substance, stable in air at ordinary temperatures, but on heating in air decomposes, leaving an impure residue of the dichloride.

The trichloride is insoluble in water and alcohol; by boiling water it is decomposed with hydrolysis. A solution may, however, be obtained by electrolysis either of a solution of molybdic anhydride in hydrochloric acid, or of a solution of ammonium molybdate in dilute sulphuric acid, a mercury cathode being employed. The substance is dissolved by sulphuric and by nitric acids, but not by hydrochloric acid. With gaseous ammonia, at 340° C. the compound Mo2(NH2)3Cl3 is obtained, while at 760° C. the nitride Mo3N2 is produced. A solution of ammonia gives a black, easily oxidisable compound MoNH4O4, while with liquid ammonia the products are Mo2(NH2)3Cl3.10NH3 and Mo2(NH2)3Cl3.

A hydrate of molybdenum trichloride has been stated to exist. By the action of potassium amalgam on a solution of molybdic acid in excess of hydrochloric acid, garnet-red, soluble prisms of the double chloride 3KCl.MoCl3.2H2O are obtained. Similar double salts, of composition K3MoCl6 and 2(NH4)3MoCl6.5H2O, have been prepared by electrolysing strongly acid solutions of molybdic acid, using a mercury cathode, adding the alkali chloride to the resulting purple-red solution, and evaporating. The compounds Rb2MoCl5.H2O, (NH4)2MoCl5.H2O, and Cs2MoCl5.H2O have been prepared, and the last named has been shown to exist in three different crystalline modifications.


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