Ruthenium trichloride

  • Formula: RuCl3
  • Hill system formula: Cl3Ru1
  • CAS registry number: [10049-08-8]
  • Formula weight: 207.428
  • Class: chloride
  • Colour: black (alpha form); dark-brown (beta form)
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: >500°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 3100 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of ruthenium trichloride:

  • ruthenium trichloride
  • ruthenium(III) chloride
  • ruthenium chloride
  • ruthenium chloride (hexagonal)

The oxidation number of ruthenium in ruthenium trichloride is 3.


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Solid state structure

  • Geometry of ruthenium:
  • Prototypical structure:
Crystal structure of ruthenium trichloride.
Crystal structure of ruthenium trichloride.

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for RuCl3 (ruthenium trichloride).

Element %
Cl 51.27
Ru 48.73

Isotope pattern for RuCl3

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula RuCl3 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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