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|Molar mass||172.115 g/mol|
|Appearance||white or pale yellow solid,
|Melting point||2,400 °C (4,350 °F; 2,670 K)|
|Boiling point||3,500 °C (6,330 °F; 3,770 K)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Cerium(IV) oxide, also known as ceric oxide, ceria, cerium oxide or cerium dioxide, is an oxide of the rare earth metal cerium. It is a pale yellow-white powder with the chemical formula CeO2. It is an important commercial product and an intermediate in the purification of the element from the ores. The distinctive property of this materials is its reversible conversion to a nonstoichiometric oxide.
Cerium occurs naturally as a mixture with other rare earth elements in its principal ores bastnaesite and monazite. After extraction of the metal ions into aqueous base, Ce is separated from that mixture by addition of an oxidant followed by adjustment of the pH. This step exploits the low solubility of CeO2 and the fact that other rare earth elements resist oxidation.
Structure and defect behavior
Cerium oxide adopts the fluorite structure, space group Fm3m, #225 containing 8-coordinate Ce4+ and 4 coordinate O2−. At high temperatures it releases oxygen to give a non-stoichiometric, anion deficient form that retains the fluorite lattice. This material has the formula CeO(2-x) where 0 < < 0.28. The value of depends on both the temperature and the oxygen partial pressure. The equation
has been shown to predict the equilibrium non stoichiometry over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures (103 - 10−4 Pa) and temperatures (1000-1900 °C).
The non stoichiometric form has a blue to black color, and exhibits both ionic and electronic conduction with ionic being the most significant at temperatures > 500 °C. 
The number of oxygen vacancies is frequently measured by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to compare the ratios of Ce3+
The primary defects of concern are oxygen vacancies and small polarons (electrons localized on cerium cations). Increases in the number of oxygen defects increases the diffusion rate of oxide in the lattice as reflected in an increase in ionic conductivity. These factors recommend ceria as a solid electrolyte in solid-oxide fuel cells. Undoped and doped ceria also exhibit high electronic conductivity at low partial pressures of oxygen due to reduction of the cerium ion leading to the formation of small polarons. Since the oxygen atoms in a ceria crystal occur in planes, diffusion of these anions is facile. The diffusion rate increases as the defect concentration increases.
The principal application of ceria is for polishing, especially chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP). For this purpose, it has displaced many other oxides that were previously used, such as iron oxide and zirconia. For hobbyists, it is also known as "optician's rouge". 
CeO2 is used to decolorize glass by converting green-tinted ferrous impurities to nearly colorless ferric oxides.
The interconvertibility of CeOx materials is the basis of the use of ceria for an oxidation catalyst. One small but illustrative use is its use in the walls of self-cleaning ovens as a hydrocarbon oxidation catalyst during the high-temperature cleaning process. Another small scale but famous example is its role in oxidation of natural gas in gas mantles.
Ceria is of interest as a material for solid oxide fuel cells or SOFCs because of its relatively high oxygen ion conductivity (i.e. oxygen atoms readily move through it) at intermediate temperatures (500–650 °C) and lower association enthalpy compared to Zirconia system.
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