Zinc iodide

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Zinc iodide
ZnI2structure.jpg
Identifiers
CAS number 10139-47-6 YesY
PubChem 66278
ChemSpider 59657 YesY
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Properties
Molecular formula ZnI2
Molar mass 319.22 g/mol
Appearance white solid
Density 4.74 g/cm3
Melting point 446 °C
Boiling point 1150 °C decomp.
Solubility in water 450 g/100mL (20 °C)
Structure
Crystal structure Tetragonal, tI96
Space group I41/acd, No. 142
Hazards
MSDS External MSDS
EU Index Not listed
Flash point 625 °C (1,157 °F; 898 K)
Related compounds
Other anions Zinc fluoride
Zinc chloride
Zinc bromide
Other cations Cadmium iodide
Mercury(I) iodide
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Zinc iodide is a chemical compound of zinc and iodine, ZnI2. The anhydrous form is white and readily absorbs water from the atmosphere. It can be prepared by the direct reaction of zinc and iodine in refluxing ether.[1] or by reacting zinc with iodine in aqueous solution:[2]

Zn + I2→ ZnI2

At 1150 °C, zinc iodide vapour dissociates into zinc and iodine.[citation needed]
In aqueous solution the following have been detected, octahedral Zn(H2O)62+, [ZnI(H2O)5]+ and tetrahedral ZnI2(H2O)2, ZnI3(H2O) and ZnI42−.[3]

The structure of crystalline ZnI2 is unusual, and while zinc atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated, as in ZnCl2, groups of four of these tetrahedra share three vertices to form “super-tetrahedra” of composition {Zn4I10}, which are linked by their vertices to form a three-dimensional structure.[4] These "super-tetrahedra" are similar to the P4O10 structure.[4] Molecular ZnI2 is linear as predicted by VSEPR theory with a Zn-I bond length of 238 pm.[4]

Applications[edit]

  • Zinc iodide is often used as an x-ray opaque penetrant in industrial radiography to improve the contrast between the damage and intact composite.[5][6]
  • United States Patent 4109065 [7] describes a rechargeable aqueous zinc-halogen cell which includes an aqueous electrolytic solution containing a zinc salt selected from the class consisting of zinc bromide, zinc iodide, and mixtures thereof, in both positive and negative electrode compartments.
  • In conjunction with osmium tetroxide ZnI2 is used as a stain in electron microscopy.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eagleson, M. (1994). Concise Encyclopedia Chemistry. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-011451-8. 
  2. ^ DeMeo, S. (1995). "Synthesis and Decomposition of Zinc Iodide: Model Reactions for Investigating Chemical Change in the Introductory Laboratory". Journal of Chemical Education 72 (9): 836. doi:10.1021/ed072p836. 
  3. ^ Wakita, H.; Johansson, G.; Sandström, M.; Goggin, P. L.; Ohtaki, H. (1991). "Structure determination of zinc iodide complexes formed in aqueous solution". Journal of Solution Chemistry 20 (7): 643–668. doi:10.1007/BF00650714. 
  4. ^ a b c Wells, A. F. (1984). Structural Inorganic Chemistry (5th ed.). Oxford Science Publications. ISBN 0-19-855370-6. 
  5. ^ Baker, A.; Dutton, S.; Kelly, D., ed. (2004). Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures (2nd ed.). AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics). ISBN 1-56347-540-5. 
  6. ^ Ezrin, M. (1996). Plastics Failure Guide. Hanser Gardner Publications. ISBN 1-56990-184-8. 
  7. ^ US patent 4109065, Will, F. G.; Secor, F. W., "Rechargeable aqueous zinc-halogen cell", issued 1978-08-22, assigned to General Electric 
  8. ^ Hayat, M. A. (2000). Principles and Techniques of Electron Microscopy: Biological Applications (4th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63287-0.