Cobalt(II) bromide


Cobalt(II) bromide (CoBr2) is an inorganic compound. In its anhydrous form, it is a green solid that is soluble in water, used primarily as a catalyst in some processes.

Cobalt(II) bromide
Crystal structure of cobalt(II) bromide
Cobalt(II) bromide.jpg
Anhydrous cobalt(II) bromide in a vial
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3D model (JSmol)
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ECHA InfoCard 100.029.242 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 232-166-7
  • 24610
RTECS number
  • GF9595000
  • 7M7RX75BAL checkY
UN number 3077
  • DTXSID50894158 Edit this at Wikidata
  • InChI=1S/2BrH.Co/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2 checkY
  • InChI=1/2BrH.Co/h2*1H;/q;;+2/p-2
  • [Co](Br)Br
CoBr2, CoBr2.6H2O, CoBr2.2H2O
Molar mass 218.7412 g/mol (anhydrous)
326.74 g/mol (hexahydrate)
Appearance Bright green crystals (anhydrous)
Red-purple crystals (hexahydrate)
Density 4.909 g/cm3 (anhydrous)
2.46 g/cm3 (hexahydrate)
Melting point 678 °C (1,252 °F; 951 K) (anhydrous)
47 °C (hexahydrate)
66.7 g/100 mL (59 °C)
68.1 g/100 mL (97 °C)
113.2 g/100 mL (20 °C)
Solubility 77.1 g/100 mL (ethanol, 20 °C)
58.6 g/100 mL (methanol, 30 °C)
soluble in methyl acetate, ether, alcohol, acetone
+13000·10−6 cm3/mol
Rhombohedral, hP3, SpaceGroup = P-3m1, No. 164
GHS labelling:
GHS07: Exclamation markGHS08: Health hazardGHS09: Environmental hazard
H302, H312, H315, H317, H319, H332, H334, H335, H350
P201, P202, P261, P264, P270, P271, P272, P280, P281, P285, P301+P312, P302+P352, P304+P312, P304+P340, P304+P341, P305+P351+P338, P308+P313, P312, P321, P322, P330, P332+P313, P333+P313, P337+P313, P342+P311, P362, P363, P403+P233, P405, P501
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flash point Non-flammable
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
406 mg/kg (oral, rat)
Safety data sheet (SDS) Fisher Scientific
Related compounds
Other anions
cobalt(II) fluoride
cobalt(II) chloride
cobalt(II) iodide
Other cations
iron(II) bromide
nickel(II) bromide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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When anhydrous, cobalt(II) bromide appears as green crystals. It is hygroscopic and forms the hexahydrate in air,[1] which appears as red-purple crystals. The hexahydrate loses four water of crystallization molecules at 100 °C forming the dihydrate:

CoBr2·6H2O → CoBr2·2H2O + 4 H2O

Further heating to 130 °C produces the anhydrous form:

CoBr2·2H2O → CoBr2 + 2 H2O

The anhydrous form melts at 678 °C.[2][3] At higher temperatures, cobalt(II) bromide reacts with oxygen, forming cobalt(II,III) oxide and bromine vapor.


Cobalt(II) bromide can be prepared as a hydrate by the reaction of cobalt hydroxide with hydrobromic acid:

Co(OH)2(s) + 2HBr(aq) → CoBr2·6H2O(aq)

Reactions and usesEdit

The classical coordination compound bromopentaamminecobalt(III) bromide is prepared by oxidation of a solution of cobalt(II) bromide in aqueous ammonia.[4]

2 CoBr2 + 8 NH3 + 2 NH4Br + H2O2 → 2 [Co(NH3)5Br]Br2 + 2 H2O

Triphenylphosphine complexes of cobalt(II) bromide have been used as a catalysts in organic synthesis.


Exposure to large amounts of cobalt(II) can cause cobalt poisoning.[5] Bromide is also mildly toxic.


  1. ^ Perry, Dale L. (2011). Handbook of Inorganic Compounds (2nd ed.). Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-4398-1461-1. OCLC 587104373.
  2. ^ Cobalt Bromide Supplier & Tech Info American Elements
  3. ^ WebElements Periodic Table of the Elements
  4. ^ Diehl, Harvey; Clark, Helen; Willard, H. H.; Bailar, John C. (1939). "Bromopentamminocobalti Bromide". Inorganic Syntheses. Inorganic Syntheses. Vol. 1. p. 186. doi:10.1002/9780470132326.ch66. ISBN 978-0-470-13232-6.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2008-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)