Potassium hexafluorophosphate

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Potassium hexafluorophosphate
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IUPAC name
Potassium hexafluorophosphate
17084-13-8 N
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ChemSpider 146640 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.037.388
PubChem 23688904
Molar mass 184.0625 g/mol
Appearance colourless solid
Density 2.75 g/cm3
Melting point 575 °C (1,067 °F; 848 K)
8.35g/100 mL (25 °C)[1]
Main hazards Toxic
R-phrases R20, R21, R22, R34
S-phrases S26, S27, S36, S37, S39, S45
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g., chloroform Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Potassium hexafluorophosphate is the chemical compound with the formula KPF6. This colourless salt consists of potassium cations and hexafluorophosphate anions. It is prepared by the reaction:[2]

PCl5 + KCl + 6 HF → KPF6 + 6 HCl

This exothermic reaction is conducted in liquid hydrogen fluoride. The salt is stable in hot alkaline aqueous solution, from which it can be recrystallized. The sodium and ammonium salts are more soluble in water whereas the rubidium and caesium salts are less so.

KPF6 is a common laboratory source of the hexafluorophosphate anion, a non-coordinating anion that confers lipophilicity to its salts. These salts are often less soluble than the closely related tetrafluoroborates.


  1. ^ Sarmousakis, J. N.; Low, M. J. D. "The Solubility of Potassium Hexafluorophosphate in Water" Journal of the American Chemical Society 1955, 77, 6518. doi:10.1021/ja01629a031
  2. ^ Woyski, M. M.; Shenk, W. J.; Pellon, E. R. (1950). "Hexafluorophosphates of Sodium, Ammonium, and Potassium". Inorg. Synth. Inorganic Syntheses. 3: 111–117. doi:10.1002/9780470132340.ch29. ISBN 978-0-470-13234-0.