Diphosphorus tetroxide

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Diphosphorus tetroxide
Other names
Phosphorus tetroxide
Phosphorus(V) oxide
Phosphoric anhydride
Molar mass 125.96 g·mol−1
Appearance Solid
Melting point >100 °C
Vapor pressure 2.54 g·cm−3
not listed
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Diphosphorus tetroxide, or phosphorus tetroxide is an inorganic compound of phosphorus and oxygen. It has the empirical chemical formula P
. Solid diphosphorus tetroxide (also referred to as phosphorus(III,V)-oxide) consists of variable mixtures of the mixed-valence oxides P4O7, P4O8 and P4O9.[1][2][3]


Phosphorus tetroxide is obtainable by thermal decomposition of phosphorus trioxide:

Phosphorus trioxide disproportionates above 210°C to form phosphorus and phosphorus tetroxide.

In addition, phosphorus trioxide can be converted into phosphorus tetroxide by controlled oxidation with oxygen in carbon tetrachloride solution.[4][5][6]

Careful reduction of phosphorus pentoxide with red phosphorus at 450-525 °C also produces the phosphorus tetroxide.


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