Titanium tetraiodide

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Titanium tetraiodide
Titanium tetraiodide
Titanium tetraiodide
IUPAC name
Titanium(IV) iodide
Other names
Titanium tetraiodide
7720-83-4 YesY
ChemSpider 99888 N
ECHA InfoCard 100.028.868
EC Number 231-754-0
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PubChem 111328
Molar mass 555.485 g/mol
Appearance red-brown crystals
Density 4.3 g/cm3
Melting point 150 °C (302 °F; 423 K)
Boiling point 377 °C (711 °F; 650 K)
Solubility in other solvents soluble in CH2Cl2
cubic (a = 12.21 Å)
0 D
Main hazards violent hydrolysis
R-phrases 34-37
S-phrases 26-36/37/39-45
Related compounds
Related compounds
titanium tetrachloride, titanium tetrabromide,
carbon tetraiodide,
I2, Ta2I10
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Titanium tetraiodide is an inorganic compound with the formula TiI4. It is a black volatile solid, first reported by Rudolph Weber in 1863.[1] It is an intermediate in the Van Arkel process for the purification of titanium.

Physical properties[edit]

TiI4 is a rare molecular binary metal iodide, consisting of isolated molecules of tetrahedral Ti(IV) centers. The Ti-I distances are 261 pm.[2] Reflecting its molecular character, TiI4 can be distilled without decomposition at one atmosphere; this property is the basis of its use in the Van Arkel process. The difference in melting point between TiCl4 (m.p. -24 °C) and TiI4 (m.p. 150 °C) is comparable to the difference between the melting points of CCl4 (m.p. -23 °C) and CI4 (m.p. 168 °C), reflecting the stronger intermolecular van der Waals bonding in the iodides.

Two polymorphs of TiI4 exist, one of which is highly soluble in organic solvents. In the less soluble cubic form, the Ti-I distances are 261 pm.[2]


Three methods are well known: 1) From the elements, typically using a tube furnace at 425 °C:[3]

Ti + 2 I2 → TiI4

This reaction can be reversed to produce highly pure films of Ti metal.[4]

2) Exchange reaction from titanium tetrachloride and HI.

TiCl4 + 4 HI → TiI4 + 4 HCl

3) Oxide-iodide exchange from aluminium iodide.

3 TiO2 + 4 AlI3 → 3 TiI4 + 2 Al2O3


Like TiCl4 and TiBr4, TiI4 forms adducts with Lewis bases, and it can also be reduced. When the reduction is conducted in the presence of Ti metal, one obtains polymeric Ti(III) and Ti(II) derivatives such as CsTi2I7 and the chain CsTiI3, respectively.[5] As a solution in CH2Cl2, TiI4 exhibits some reactivity toward alkenes and alkynes resulting in organoiodine derivatives.[6]


  1. ^ Weber, R. (1863). "Ueber die isomeren Modificationen der Titansäure und über einige Titanverbindungen". Annalen der Physik. 120 (10): 287–294. Bibcode:1863AnP...196..287W. doi:10.1002/andp.18631961003. 
  2. ^ a b Tornqvist, E. G. M.; Libby, W. F. (1979). "Crystal Structure, Solubility, and Electronic Spectrum of Titanium Tetraiodide". Inorganic Chemistry. 18 (7): 1792–1796. doi:10.1021/ic50197a013. 
  3. ^ Lowry, R. N.; Fay, R. C.; Chamberland, B. L. (1967). "Titanium(IV) Iodide". Inorganic Syntheses. Inorganic Syntheses. 10: 1. doi:10.1002/9780470132418.ch1. ISBN 9780470132418. 
  4. ^ Blumenthal, W. B.; Smith, H. (1950). "Titanium tetraiodide, Preparation and Refining". Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. 2 (2): 249. doi:10.1021/ie50482a016. 
  5. ^ Jongen, L.; Gloger, T.; Beekhuizen, J.; Meyer, G. (2005). "Divalent Titanium: The Halides ATiX3 (A = K, Rb, Cs; X = Cl, Br, I)". Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie. 631 (2–3): 582. doi:10.1002/zaac.200400464. 
  6. ^ Shimizu, M.; Toyoda, T.; Baba, T. (2005). "An Intriguing Hydroiodination of Alkenes and Alkynes with Titanium Tetraiodide". Synlett (16): 2516. doi:10.1055/s-2005-872679.