Vanadium(V) oxide

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Vanadium(V) oxide
Vanadium pentoxide monolayer
Vanadium(V) oxide
Identifiers
CAS number 1314-62-1 YesY
PubChem 14814
ChemSpider 14130 YesY
EC number 215-239-8
UN number 2862
KEGG C19308 N
ChEBI CHEBI:30045 YesY
RTECS number YW2450000
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Properties[1]
Molecular formula V2O5
Molar mass 181.8800 g/mol
Appearance Yellow solid
Density 3.357 g/cm3
Melting point 690 °C (1,274 °F; 963 K)
Boiling point 1,750 °C (3,180 °F; 2,020 K) (decomposes)
Solubility in water 0.8 g/L (20 °C)
Structure
Crystal structure Orthorhombic
Space group Pmmn, No. 59
Lattice constant a = 1151 pm, b = 355.9 pm, c = 437.1 pm
Coordination
geometry
Distorted trigonal bipyramidal (V)
Hazards
MSDS ICSC 0596
GHS pictograms Muta. 2; Repr. 2; STOT RE 1Acute Tox.4; STOT SE 3Aquatic Chronic 2
GHS signal word DANGER
GHS hazard statements H341, H361, H372, H332, H302, H335, H411
EU Index 023-001-00-8
EU classification Muta. Cat. 3
Repr. Cat. 3
Toxic (T)
Harmful (Xn)
Irritant (Xi)
Dangerous for the environment (N)
R-phrases R20/22, R37, R48/23, R51/53, R63, R68
S-phrases (S1/2), S36/37, S38, S45, S61
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g., chlorine gas Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point Non-flammable
LD50 10 mg/kg
Related compounds
Other anions Vanadium oxytrichloride
Other cations Niobium(V) oxide
Tantalum(V) oxide
Related vanadium oxides Vanadium(II) oxide
Vanadium(III) oxide
Vanadium(IV) oxide
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Vanadium(V) oxide (vanadia) is the inorganic compound with the formula V2O5. Commonly known as vanadium pentoxide, it is a brown/yellow solid, although when freshly precipitated from aqueous solution, its colour is deep orange. Because of its high oxidation state, is both an amphoteric oxide and an oxidizing agent. From the industrial perspective, it is the most important compound of vanadium, being principal precursor to alloys of vanadium and is a widely used industrial catalyst.[2]

The mineral form of this compound, shcherbinaite, is extremely rare, almost always found among fumaroles. A mineral trihydrate, V2O5·3H2O, is also known under the name of navajoite.

Chemical properties[edit]

Upon heating, it reversibly loses oxygen, successively forming V2O4, V2O3, VO and the metal.

Acid-base reactions[edit]

Unlike most metal oxides, it dissolves slightly in water to give a pale yellow, acidic solution. When this compound is formed by V2O5 it is an amphoteric oxide. Thus :V2O5 reacts with strong non-reducing acids to form solutions containing the pale yellow salts containing dioxovanadium(V) centers:

V2O5 + 2 HNO3 → 2 VO2(NO3) + H2O

It also reacts with strong alkali to form polyoxovanadates, which have a complex structure that depends on pH.[3] If excess aqueous sodium hydroxide is used, the product is a colourless salt, sodium orthovanadate, Na3VO4. If acid is slowly added to a solution of Na3VO4, the colour gradually deepens through orange to red before brown hydrated V2O5 precipitates around pH 2. These solutions contain mainly the ions HVO42− and V2O74− between pH 9 and pH 13, but below pH 9 more exotic species such as V4O124− and HV10O285− (decavanadate) predominate.

Upon treatment with thionyl chloride, it converts to vanadium oxychloride, VOCl3:

V2O5 + 3 SOCl2 → 2 VOCl3 + 3 SO2

Redox reactions[edit]

V2O5 is easily reduced in acidic media to the stable vanadium(IV) species, the blue vanadyl ion (VO(H2O)52+). This conversion illustrates the redox properties of V2O5. For example, hydrochloric acid and hydrobromic acid are oxidised to the corresponding halogen, e.g.,

V2O5 + 6HCl + 7H2O → 2[VO(H2O)5]2+ + 4Cl + Cl2

Solid V2O5 is reduced by oxalic acid, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide to give vanadium(IV) oxide, VO2 as a deep-blue solid. Further reduction using hydrogen or excess CO can lead to complex mixtures of oxides such as V4O7 and V5O9 before black V2O3 is reached. Vanadates or vanadyl(V) compounds in acid solution are reduced by zinc amalgam through the interestingly colourful pathway:

VO2+ VO2+ V3+ V2+
yellow   blue   green   purple
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The ions are, of course, all hydrated to varying degrees.

Preparation[edit]

The orange, partly hydrated form of V2O5
Precipitate of "red cake", which is hydrous V2O5

Technical grade V2O5 is produced as a black powder used for the production of vanadium metal and ferrovanadium.[3] A vanadium ore or vanadium-rich residue is treated with sodium carbonate to produce sodium metavanadate, NaVO3. This material is then acidified to pH 2–3 using H2SO4 to yield a precipitate of "red cake" (see above). The red cake is then melted at 690 °C to produce the crude V2O5.

Vanadium(V) oxide is produced when vanadium metal is heated with excess oxygen, but this product is contaminated with other, lower oxides. A more satisfactory laboratory preparation involves the decomposition of ammonium metavanadate at around 200 °C:

2 NH4VO3 → V2O5 + 2 NH3 + H2O

Uses[edit]

Ferrovanadium production[edit]

In terms of quantity, the dominant use for vanadium(V) oxide is in the production of ferrovanadium (see above). The oxide is heated with scrap iron and ferrosilicon, with lime added to form a calcium silicate slag. Aluminium may also be used, producing the iron-vanadium alloy along with alumina as a by-product.[3]

Sulfuric acid production[edit]

Another important use of vanadium(V) oxide is in the manufacture of sulfuric acid, an important industrial chemical with an annual worldwide production of 165 million metric tons in 2001, with an approximate value of US$8 billion. Vanadium(V) serves the crucial purpose of catalysing the mildly exothermic oxidation of sulfur dioxide to sulfur trioxide by air in the contact process:

2 SO2 + O2 is in equilibrium with 2 SO3

The discovery of this simple reaction, for which V2O5 is the most effective catalyst, allowed sulfuric acid to become the cheap commodity chemical it is today. The reaction is performed between 400 and 620 °C; below 400 °C the V2O5 is inactive as a catalyst, and above 620 °C it begins to break down. Since it is known that V2O5 can be reduced to VO2 by SO2, one likely catalytic cycle is as follows:

SO2 + V2O5 → SO3 + 2VO2

followed by

2VO2 +½O2 → V2O5

It is also used as catalyst in the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx emissions in some power plants. Due to its effectiveness in converting sulfur dioxide into sulfur trioxide, and thereby sulfuric acid, special care must be taken with the operating temperatures and placement of a power plant's SCR unit when firing sulfur-containing fuels.

Other oxidations[edit]

Maleic anhydride is produced by the V2O5-catalysed oxidation of butane with air:

C4H10 + 4 O2 → C2H2(CO)2O + 8 H2O

Maleic anhydride is used for the production of polyester resins and alkyd resins.[4]

Phthalic anhydride is produced similarly by V2O5-catalysed oxidation of ortho-xylene or naphthalene at 350–400 °C. The equation is for the xylene oxidation:

C6H4(CH3)2 + 3 O2 → C6H4(CO)2O + 3 H2O

Phthalic anhydride is a precursor to plasticisers, used for conferring pliability to polymers.

A variety of other industrial compounds are produced similarly, including adipic acid, acrylic acid, oxalic acid, and anthraquinone.[2]

Other applications[edit]

Due to its high coefficient of thermal resistance, vanadium(V) oxide finds use as a detector material in bolometers and microbolometer arrays for thermal imaging. It also finds application as an ethanol sensor in ppm levels (up to 0.1 ppm).

Vanadium redox batteries are a type of flow battery used for energy storage, including large power facilities such as wind farms.[5]

Biological activity[edit]

V2o5label.jpg

Vanadium(V) oxide exhibits modest toxicity to humans, with an LD50 of about 470 mg/kg. The greater hazard is with inhalation of the dust, where the LD50 ranges from 4-11mg/kg for a 14 day exposure.[2] Vanadate (VO43−), formed by hydrolysis of V2O5 at high pH, appears to inhibit enzymes that process phosphate (PO43−). However the mode of action remains elusive.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weast, Robert C., ed. (1981). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (62nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. B-162. ISBN 0-8493-0462-8. .
  2. ^ a b c Günter Bauer, Volker Güther, Hans Hess, Andreas Otto, Oskar Roidl, Heinz Roller, Siegfried Sattelberger "Vanadium and Vanadium Compounds" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2005, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a27_367
  3. ^ a b c d Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1984). Chemistry of the Elements. Oxford: Pergamon Press. pp. 1140, 1144. ISBN 0-08-022057-6. .
  4. ^ Tedder, J. M.; Nechvatal, A.; Tubb, A. H., eds. (1975), Basic Organic Chemistry: Part 5, Industrial Products, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons .
  5. ^ REDT Energy Storage. "Using VRFB for Renewable applications". 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Vanadium Pentoxide", Cobalt in Hard Metals and Cobalt Sulfate, Gallium Arsenide, Indium Phosphide and Vanadium Pentoxide, IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans 86, Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2006, pp. 227–92, ISBN 92-832-1286-X .
  • Vaidhyanathan, B.; Balaji, K.; Rao, K. J. (1998), "Microwave-Assisted Solid-State Synthesis of Oxide Ion Conducting Stabilized Bismuth Vanadate Phases", Chem. Mater. 10 (11): 3400–4, doi:10.1021/cm980092f .

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