Trilithium nitride

  • Formula: Li3N
  • Hill system formula: Li3N1
  • CAS registry number: [26134-62-3]
  • Formula weight: 34.83
  • Class: nitride
  • Colour: purple or red
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 813°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 1270 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of trilithium nitride:

  • trilithium nitride
  • lithium(I) nitride
  • lithium nitride

The oxidation number of lithium in trilithium nitride is 1.


One way to make lithium nitride is by the rection of lithium metal with pressurized nitrogen gas (> 10 atmospheres) at high temperatures

6Li(l) + N2(g) (800°C, 10 atm) → 2Li3N(s)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of lithium:
  • Prototypical structure:
Crystal structure of trilithium nitride.
Crystal structure of trilithium nitride.

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for Li3N (trilithium nitride).

Element %
Li 59.79
N 40.21

Isotope pattern for Li3N

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula Li3N with the most intense ion set to 100%.


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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