bismuth oxide chloride
bismuth(III) oxide chloride
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|Density||7.36 (meas.), 7.78 g/cm3 (calc.)|
|P4/nmm, No. 129|
a = 0.3887 nm, c = 0.7354 nm
|GHS Signal word||Warning|
|H315, H319, H335|
|P261, P264, P271, P280, P302+352, P304+340, P305+351+338, P312, P321, P332+313, P337+313, P362, P403+233, P405, P501|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Bismuth oxychloride is an inorganic compound of bismuth with the formula BiOCl. It is a lustrous white solid used since antiquity, notably in ancient Egypt. Light wave interference from its plate-like structure gives a pearly iridescent light reflectivity similar to nacre. It is also known as pearl white.
The structure of bismuth oxychloride can be thought of as consisting of layers of Cl−, Bi3+ and O2− ions (in the image Bi = grey, O = red, Cl = green). These ions are ordered as Cl-Bi-O-Bi-Cl-Cl-Bi-O-Bi-Cl, i.e., with alternating anions (Cl−, O2−) and cations (Bi3+). The layered structure gives rise to the pearlescent properties of this material.
Focusing on the coordination environment of the individual ions, the bismuth centers adopt a distorted square antiprismatic coordination geometry. The Bi3+ ion is coordinated to four chloride, forming one of the square faces, each at a distance of 3.06 Å from Bi, and four oxygen atoms forming the other square face, each at a distance of 2.32 Å from Bi. The oxygen atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated by four bismuth atoms.
Synthesis and reactions
BiOCl is formed during the reaction of bismuth chloride with water, i.e. the hydrolysis:
- BiCl3 + H2O → BiOCl + 2 HCl
Use and occurrence
It has been used in cosmetics since the days of ancient Egypt. It is part of the "pearly pigment found in eye shadow, hair sprays, powders, nail polishes, and other cosmetic products". Owing to the plate-like structure of the BiOCl, its suspensions exhibit optical properties like nacre. In cosmetic its name is C.I. 77163.
An analogous compound, bismuth oxynitrate, is used as a white pigment.
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