Iridium(IV) oxide

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Iridium(IV) oxide
Other names
Iridium dioxide
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Molar mass 224.22 g/mol
Appearance black solid
Density 11.66 g/cm3
Melting point 1,100 °C (2,010 °F; 1,370 K) decomposes
Rutile (tetragonal)
Octahedral (Ir); Trigonal (O)
Flash point Non-flammable
Related compounds
Other anions
iridium(IV) fluoride, iridium disulfide
Other cations
rhodium dioxide, osmium dioxide, platinum dioxide
Related compounds
iridium(III) oxide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Iridium(IV) oxide, IrO2, is the only well characterised oxide of iridium. Its crystal has the TiO2, rutile structure containing six coordinate iridium and three coordinate oxygen.[1]

It is used with other rare oxides in the coating of anode-electrodes for industrial electrolysis and in microelectrodes for electrophysiology research.[2]

It can be formed by oxidation of iridium black, a finely divided powder of iridium metal.


  1. ^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0-08-037941-9. 
  2. ^ Cogan, Stuart F. (August 2008). "Neural Stimulation and Recording Electrodes". Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering. 10 (1): 275–309. doi:10.1146/annurev.bioeng.10.061807.160518.