Magnesium polonide

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Magnesium polonide
Preferred IUPAC name
Magnesium polonide
Molar mass 233.29 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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Magnesium polonide (MgPo) is a salt of magnesium and polonium. It is a polonide, a set of very chemically stable compounds of polonium.[2]


Magnesium polonide may be produced by heating elemental magnesium and polonium together at 300–400 °C.[1]


Magnesium polonide has the nickeline (NiAs) structure with lattice parameters a = 434.5 pm and c = 707.7 pm.[1][2] It is unusual among polonides in not being isomorphous with the corresponding sulfide, selenide and telluride; only mercury polonide (HgPo) shares this property.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 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 Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1984). Chemistry of the Elements. Oxford: Pergamon Press. p. 899. ISBN 0-08-022057-6. 
  3. ^ Witteman, W. G.; Giorgi, A. L.; Vier, D. T. (1960). "The Preparation and Identification of Some Intermetallic Compounds of Polonium". Journal of Physical Chemistry. American Chemical Society. 64: 434–440. doi:10.1021/j100833a014. Retrieved June 17, 2012.