Nickel(II) hydroxide

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Nickel(II) hydroxide
Nickel(II) hydroxide
Nickel(II) hydroxide
IUPAC name
Nickel(II) Hydroxide
Other names
Nickel Hydroxide, Theophrasite
12054-48-7 YesY
36897-37-7 (monohydrate) N
ChemSpider 55452 YesY
EC Number 235-008-5
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PubChem 61534
RTECS number QR648000
Molar mass 92.724 g/mol (anhydrous)
110.72 g/mol (monohydrate)
Appearance green crystals
Density 4.10 g/cm3
Melting point 230 °C (446 °F; 503 K) (anhydrous, decomposes)
0.013 g/100 mL
Solubility soluble in dilute acid, ammonia (monohydrate)
79 J·mol−1·K−1[1]
−538 kJ·mol−1[1]
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
1515 mg/kg (oral, rat)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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The test tube in the middle contains a precipitate of nickel(II) hydroxide

Nickel(II) hydroxide is the inorganic compound with the formula Ni(OH)2. It is an apple-green solid that dissolves with decomposition in ammonia and amines and is attacked by acids. It is electroactive, being converted to the Ni(III) oxy-hydroxide, leading to widespread applications in rechargeable battery .[2]


Nickel(II) hydroxide has two well-characterized polymorphs, α and β. The α structure consists of Ni(OH)2 layers with intercalated anions or water.[3][4] The β form adopts a hexagonal close-packed structure of Ni2+ and OH ions.[3][4] In the presence of water, the α polymorph typically recrystallizes to the β form.[3][5] In addition to the α and β polymorphs, several γ nickel hydroxides have been described, distinguished by crystal structures with much larger inter-sheet distances.[3]

The mineral form of Ni(OH)2, theophrastite, was first identified in the Vermion region of northern Greece, in 1980. It is found naturally as a translucent emerald-green crystal formed in thin sheets near the boundaries of idocrase or chlorite crystals.[6] A nickel-magnesium variant of the mineral, (Ni,Mg)(OH)2 had been previously discovered at Hagdale on the island of Unst in Scotland.[7]


Nickel (II) hydroxideis frequently used in electrical car batteries.[4] Specifically, Ni(OH)2 readily oxidizes to nickel oxyhydroxide, NiOOH, in combination with a reduction reaction, often of a metal hydride (reaction 1 and 2).[8]

Reaction 1 Ni(OH)2 + OH → NiO(OH) + H2O + e

Reaction 2 M + H2O + e → MH + OH

Net Reaction (in H2O) Ni(OH)2 + M → NiOOH + MH

Of the two polymorphs, α-Ni(OH)2 has a higher theoretical capacity and thus is generally considered to be preferable in electrochemical applications. However, it transforms to β-Ni(OH)2 in alkaline solutions, leading to many investigations into the possibility of stabilized α-Ni(OH)2 electrodes for industrial applications.[5]


The synthesis entails treating aqueous solutions of nickel(II) salts with potassium hydroxide.[9]


The Ni2+ ion is a known carcinogen. Toxicity and related safety concerns have driven research into increasing the energy density of Ni(OH)2 electrodes, such as the addition of calcium or cobalt hydroxides.[2]

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  8. ^ Ovshinsky, S.R.; Fetcenko, M.A.; Ross, J. Science. 1993, 260, 176-181.
  9. ^ O. Glemser "Nickel(II) Hydroxide" in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Ed. Edited by G. Brauer, Academic Press, 1963, NY. Vol. 1. p. 1549.