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Molecular formula CFeH10NO5S
Molar mass 204.0048
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Thiocyanatoiron (systematically named thiocyanatoiron(2+)) is a inorganic cation with the chemical formula [Fe(SCN)]2+. It is known to produce a blood red color in solution. This is used as a test for Fe3+ in the laboratory. Fe3+ reacts with thiocyanate to give a series of intensely red colored compounds which remain in the solution and does not undergo any reaction after the formation of the stable octahedral structure. In high concentration of SCN- the compound is fairly octahedral with six thiocyanate ligands bonded to iron atom. Thiocyanatoiron forms a pentahydrate.

Thiocyanatoiron must be stored in an acidic solution to prevent the formation of FeOH2+ ions. The excess H+ ions in the acidic solution prevent Fe3+ from engaging in side reactions. Thiocyanatoiron decomposes with exposure to light. The thiocyanatoiron ion is usually formed through an equilibrium reaction:

Fe3+(aq) + SCN-(aq) ↔ [Fe(SCN)]2+(aq)

Chemical properties[edit]


The iron(III) segment in thiocyanatoiron(III)s such as thiocyanatoiron can assimilate a hydroxide into the molecule by substitution:

FeSCN2+ + OH- → FeOH2+ + SCN

Because of this capture of a hydroxide (OH-), thiocyanatoiron has Arrhenius acidic character. In aqueous solution, most thiocyanatoiron is hydrolyzed.

FeSCN2+ + H2O is in a favored equilibrium with FeOH2+ + HSCN

Chemical reactions[edit]

Thiocyanatoiron undergoes the typical chemical reactions of a thiocyanatoiron(III). Upon treatment with a standard base, it converts to dihydroxyiron(III) or trihydroxyiron(III), and metal thiocyanate. Reduction of thiocyanatoiron(III) gives thiocyanatoiron(II).


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