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IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
  • InChI=1S/HO3/c1-3-2/h1H/p-1
  • InChI=1/HO3/c1-3-2/h1H/p-1
  • [O-]O[O]
  • [O-][O+][O-]
Molar mass 47.999
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Ozonide is the polyatomic anion O
. Cyclic organic compounds formed by the addition of ozone to an alkene are also called ozonides.

Ionic ozonides[edit]

Inorganic ozonides[1] are dark red salts. The anion has the bent shape of the ozone molecule.

Inorganic ozonides are formed by burning potassium, rubidium, or caesium in ozone, or by treating the alkali metal hydroxide with ozone; if potassium is left undisturbed in air for years it accumulates a covering of superoxide and ozonide. They are very sensitive explosives that have to be handled at low temperatures in an atmosphere consisting of an inert gas. Lithium and sodium ozonide are extremely labile and must be prepared by low-temperature ion exchange starting from CsO3. Sodium ozonide, NaO
, which is prone to decomposition into NaOH and NaO
, was previously thought to be impossible to obtain in pure form.[2] However, with the help of cryptands and methylamine, pure NaO
may be obtained as red crystals isostructural to NaNO

Ionic ozonides are being investigated[citation needed] as sources of oxygen in chemical oxygen generators. Tetramethylammonium ozonide, which can be made by a metathesis reaction with caesium ozonide in liquid ammonia, is stable up to 348K:

CsO3 + [(CH3)4N][O2] → CsO2 + [(CH3)4N][O3][4]

Covalent singly bonded structures[edit]

Phosphite ozonides, (RO)3PO3, are used in the production of singlet oxygen. They are made by ozonizing a phosphite ester in dichloromethane at low temperatures, and decompose to yield singlet oxygen and a phosphate ester:[5]

  1. (RO)3P + O3 → (RO)3PO3
  2. (RO)3PO3 → (RO)3PO + 1O2


Organic ozonides are called molozonides and are typically formed by the addition reaction between ozone and alkenes. They are rarely isolated during the course of the ozonolysis reaction sequence. Molozonides are unstable and rapidly convert to the trioxolane ring structure with a five-membered C–O–O–C–O ring.[6][7] They usually appear in the form of foul-smelling oily liquids, and rapidly decompose in the presence of water to carbonyl compounds: aldehydes, ketones, peroxides.

Formation of an organic ozonide. The second arrow represents several steps as shown in ozonolysis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ F. A. Cotton and G. Wilkinson "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry", 5th edition (1988), p.462
  2. ^ Korber, N.; Jansen, M. (1996). "Ionic Ozonides of Lithium and Sodium: Circumventive Synthesis by Cation Exchange in Liquid Ammonia and Complexation by Cryptands". Chemische Berichte. 129 (7): 773–777. doi:10.1002/cber.19961290707.
  3. ^ Klein, W.; Armbruster, K.; Jansen, M. (1998). "Synthesis and crystal structure determination of sodium ozonide". Chemical Communications (6): 707–708. doi:10.1039/a708570b.
  4. ^ Jansen, Martin; Nuss, Hanne (August 2007). "Ionic Ozonides". Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie. 633 (9): 1307–1315. doi:10.1002/zaac.200700023.
  5. ^ Catherine E. Housecroft; Alan G. Sharpe (2008). "Chapter 16: The group 16 elements". Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Edition. Pearson. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-13-175553-6.
  6. ^ Criegee, Rudolf (1975). "Mechanism of Ozonolysis". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English. 14 (11): 745–752. doi:10.1002/anie.197507451.
  7. ^ Ozonolysis mechanism on Organic Chemistry Portal site

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