|Molar mass||209.93 g/mol|
|Appearance||white crystals or colorless liquid
|Melting point||17.5 °C (63.5 °F; 290.6 K)|
|Boiling point||34.0 °C (93.2 °F; 307.1 K)|
|Pnma, No. 62|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Molybdenum hexafluoride, also molybdenum(VI) fluoride is the inorganic compound with the formula MoF6. It is the highest fluoride of molybdenum. A colourless solid, it melts just below room temperature. It is highly unstable toward hydrolysis. It is one of the seventeen known binary hexafluorides.
- Mo + 3 F
2 → MoF
Typical impurities are MoO2F2 and MoOF4.
Molybdenum hexafluoride is a liquid at room temperature. It reacts violently with water with release of hydrofluoric acid and molybdenum oxides.
At −140 °C, it crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma. Lattice parameters are a = 9.394 Å, b = 8.543 Å, and c = 4.959 Å. There are four formula units (in this case, discrete molecules) per unit cell, giving a density of 3.50 g·cm−3. The fluorine atoms are arranged in the hexagonal close packing.
Molybdenum hexafluoride has few uses. In the nuclear industry, MoF6 occurs as an impurity in uranium hexafluoride since molybdenum is a fission product of uranium. It is also an impurity in tungsten hexafluoride, which is used in the semiconductor industry. MoF6 can be removed by reduction of a WF6-MoF6 mixture with any of a number of elements including molybdenum at moderately elevated temperature.
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