Lithium polonide

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Lithium polonide
Preferred IUPAC name
Lithium polonide
Molar mass 222.86 g/mol
Appearance greyish[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Lithium polonide is a chemical compound with the formula Li2Po. It is a polonide, a set of very chemically stable compounds of polonium.[2][3]


Lithium polonide may be produced from a redox reaction between aqueous hydrogen polonide and lithium metal[2][3] or from an acid-base reaction of H2Po with strong lithium-containing bases:

H2Po + 2 Li → Li2Po + H2

It may also be produced by heating lithium and polonium together at 300–400 °C.[1]

Crystal structure[edit]

Like sodium polonide, lithium polonide has the antifluorite structure.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Bagnall, K. W. (1962). "The Chemistry of Polonium". Advances in Inorganic Chemistry and Radiochemistry. New York: Academic Press. pp. 197–230. ISBN 9780120236046. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1984). Chemistry of the Elements. Oxford: Pergamon Press. p. 899. ISBN 0-08-022057-6.
  3. ^ a b c Moyer, Harvey V. (1956), "Chemical Properties of Polonium", in Moyer, Harvey V., Polonium, Oak Ridge, Tenn.: United States Atomic Energy Commission, pp. 33–96, doi:10.2172/4367751, TID-5221.