Chromium nitride

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Chromium nitride
Chromium nitride
IUPAC name
Chromium nitride
Other names
Chromium(III) nitride
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3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 246-016-3
  • InChI=1S/Cr.N checkY
  • InChI=1/Cr.N/rCrN/c1-2
  • [Cr]#N
Molar mass 66.003 g/mol
Appearance Black powder
Density 5.9 g/cm3 [1]
Melting point 1770 ˚C (decomp.)[2]
37.75 J K−1 mol−1 [4]
−117.15 kJ/mol [4]
Flash point Non-flammable
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 1 mg/m3[5]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3[5]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
250 mg/m3[5]
Related compounds
Related compounds
Dichromium nitride
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Chromium nitride is a chemical compound of chromium and nitrogen with the formula CrN. It is very hard, and is extremely resistant to corrosion. It is an interstitial compound, with nitrogen atoms occupying the octahedral holes in the chromium lattice:[2] as such, it is not strictly a chromium(III) compound nor does it contain nitride ions (N3−). Chromium forms a second interstitial nitride, dichromium nitride, Cr2N.


Chromium(III) nitride can be prepared by direct combination of chromium and nitrogen at 800 °C:

2 Cr + N
→ 2 CrN

It can also synthesize by Physical Vapour Deposition technique such as Cathodic arc deposition.


CrN is used as a coating material for corrosion resistance and in metal forming and plastic moulding applications.[6] CrN is often used on medical implants and tools. CrN is also a valuable component in advanced multicomponent coating systems, such as CrAlN, for hard, wear-resistant applications on cutting tools.[7]


The fundamental materials physics of CrN, giving rise to its favorable properties, has been debated recently in high-profile scientific journals such as Nature Materials.[8][9] In particular, the importance of magnetism in both the low temperature and the high temperature phases has been demonstrated by means of quantum mechanical calculations of the electronic structure of the compound.[10][11][12]

Natural occurrence[edit]

Though rare, carlsbergite - the natural form of chromium nitride - occurs in some meteorites.[13]


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  7. ^ Reiter, A.E.; Derflinger, V.H.; Hanselmann, B.; Bachmann, T.; Sartory, B. (2005). "Investigation of the properties of Al1−xCrxN coatings prepared by cathodic arc evaporation". Surface and Coatings Technology. Elsevier BV. 200 (7): 2114–2122. doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.01.043. ISSN 0257-8972.
  8. ^ Rivadulla, Francisco; Bañobre-López, Manuel; Quintela, Camilo X.; Piñeiro, Alberto; Pardo, Victor; et al. (2009-10-25). "Reduction of the bulk modulus at high pressure in CrN". Nature Materials. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 8 (12): 947–951. Bibcode:2009NatMa...8..947R. doi:10.1038/nmat2549. ISSN 1476-1122. PMID 19855384.
  9. ^ Alling, Björn; Marten, Tobias; Abrikosov, Igor A. (2010). "Questionable collapse of the bulk modulus in CrN". Nature Materials. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 9 (4): 283–284. Bibcode:2010NatMa...9..283A. doi:10.1038/nmat2722. ISSN 1476-1122. PMID 20332781.
  10. ^ Filippetti, Alessio; Hill, Nicola A. (2000-12-11). "Magnetic Stress as a Driving Force of Structural Distortions: The Case of CrN". Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society (APS). 85 (24): 5166–5169. arXiv:cond-mat/0004252. Bibcode:2000PhRvL..85.5166F. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.85.5166. ISSN 0031-9007. PMID 11102212. S2CID 39265221.
  11. ^ Herwadkar, Aditi; Lambrecht, Walter R. L. (2009-01-29). "Electronic structure of CrN: A borderline Mott insulator". Physical Review B. American Physical Society (APS). 79 (3): 035125. Bibcode:2009PhRvB..79c5125H. doi:10.1103/physrevb.79.035125. ISSN 1098-0121.
  12. ^ Alling, B.; Marten, T.; Abrikosov, I. A. (2010-11-29). "Effect of magnetic disorder and strong electron correlations on the thermodynamics of CrN". Physical Review B. American Physical Society (APS). 82 (18): 184430. arXiv:1006.3460. Bibcode:2010PhRvB..82r4430A. doi:10.1103/physrevb.82.184430. ISSN 1098-0121. S2CID 6837803.
  13. ^ "Carlsbergite: Mineral Information, data, and localities". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
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