Copper(II) bromide


Copper (II) bromide
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Crystal structure of copper(II) bromide
(copper atoms in gray, bromine in pink)
Other names
Cupric bromide
Copper dibromide
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  • [Cu+2].[Br-].[Br-]
Molar mass 223.37 g/mol
Appearance grayish black crystals
Density 4.710 g/cm3, solid
Melting point 498 °C (928 °F; 771 K)
Boiling point 900 °C (1,650 °F; 1,170 K)
55.7 g/100 mL (20 °C)
Solubility in [[alcohol, acetone, ammonia]] soluble
Solubility in [[benzene, ether, ethyl ether, sulfuric acid]] insoluble
+685.5·10−6 cm3/mol
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 1 mg/m3 (as Cu)[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 1 mg/m3 (as Cu)[1]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
TWA 100 mg/m3 (as Cu)[1]
Related compounds
Other anions
Copper(II) fluoride
Copper(II) chloride
Other cations
Copper(I) bromide
Nickel(II) bromide
Zinc bromide
Cadmium bromide
Mercury(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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Copper(II) bromide (CuBr2) is a chemical compound. It is used in photographic processing as an intensifier and as a brominating agent in organic synthesis.[2]

It is also used in the copper vapor laser, a class of laser where the medium is copper bromide vapour formed in-situ from hydrogen bromide reacting with the copper discharge tube.[3] Producing yellow or green light, it is used in dermatological applications.


Copper(II) bromide can be obtained by combining copper oxide and hydrobromic acid:[4]

CuO + 2HBr → CuBr2 + H2O.


Copper(II) bromide is purified by crystallization twice from water, filtration to remove any CuBr and concentration under vacuum. This product is dehydrated using phosphorus pentoxide.[5]

Molecular and crystal structure

In the solid state CuBr2 has a polymeric structure, with CuBr4 planar units connected on opposite sides to form chains. The crystal structure is monoclinic, space group C2/m, with lattice constants a = 714 pm, b = 346 pm, c = 718 pm, e ß = 121° 15'.[6] CuBr2 monomeric units are present in the gas phase at high temperature.[7] It forms bright green-blue solutions in water, and reacts with Aluminium exothermically: 3 CuBr2 + 2 Al forms 2 AlBr3 and 3 Cu.


Copper (II) bromide in chloroform-ethyl acetate reacts with ketones resulting in the formation of alpha-bromo ketones. The resulting product can be directly used for the preparation of derivatives. This heterogeneous method is reported to be the most selective and direct method of formation of α-bromo ketones.[8]

Dibromination of NPGs, n-pentenyl glycosides, using CuBr2/LiBr reagent combination was performed in order for an NPG to serve as a glycosyl acceptor during halonium-promoted couplings. Such reaction gives high yield of the dibromides from alkenyl sugars that are resistant to a direct reaction with molecular bromine.[9]


Copper(II) bromide lasers produce pulsed yellow and green light and have been studied as a possible treatment for cutaneous lesions.[10] Experiments have also shown copper bromide treatment to be beneficial for skin rejuvenation.[11] It has been widely used in photography as its solution was used as the bleaching step for intensifying collodion and gelatin negatives.[12] Copper(II)bromide has also been proposed as a possible material in humidity indicator cards.[13]


Copper(II) bromide is harmful if swallowed. It affects the central nervous system, brain, eyes, liver, and kidneys. It causes irritation to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.

Natural occurrence

Pure copper(II) bromide is as yet (2020) unknown among minerals. However, barlowite, Cu4BrF(OH)6, is worth of mention.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. "#0150". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  2. ^ Huang, Jianhui; Macdonald, Simon J. F.; Harrity, Joseph P. A. (2009). "A cycloaddition route to novel triazole boronic esters". Chem. Commun. (4): 436–438. doi:10.1039/b817052e. PMID 19137177.
  3. ^ Livingstone, E. S.; Maitland, A. (1991). "A high power, segmented metal, copper bromide laser". Measurement Science and Technology. 2 (11): 1119. Bibcode:1991MeScT...2.1119L. doi:10.1088/0957-0233/2/11/022. ISSN 0957-0233.
  4. ^ Breitinger, D. K.; Herrmann, W. A., eds. (1999). Synthetic methods of Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers. ISBN 0-86577-662-8.
  5. ^ Hope et al. J Chem Soc 5226 1960, Glemser & Sauer in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry (Ed.Brauer) Academic Press Vol II p 1009 1965.
  6. ^ Helmholz, Lindsay (1947). "The Crystal Structure of Anhydrous Cupric Bromide". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 69 (4): 886–889. doi:10.1021/ja01196a046.
  7. ^ Conry, Rebecca R. (2006). "Copper: Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry". Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/0470862106.ia052. ISBN 978-0-470-86210-0.
  8. ^ King, L. Carroll; Ostrum, G. Kenneth (1964). "Selective Bromination with Copper(II) Bromide". J. Org. Chem. 29 (12): 3459–3461. doi:10.1021/jo01035a003.
  9. ^ Rodebaugh, Robert; Debenham, John S.; Fraser-Reid, Burt J.; Snyder, James P. (1999). "Bromination of Alkenyl Glycosides with Copper(II) Bromide and Lithium Bromide: Synthesis, Mechanism, and DFT Calculations". J. Org. Chem. 64 (5): 1758–1761. doi:10.1021/jo9718509. PMID 11674253.
  10. ^ McCoy, S.; Hanna, M.; Anderson, P.; McLennan, G.; Repacholi, M. (June 1996). "An evaluation of the copper-bromide laser for treating telangiectasia". Dermatol. Surg. 22 (6): 551–7. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.1996.tb00373.x. ISSN 1076-0512. PMID 8646471. S2CID 22626280.
  11. ^ Davis P., Town G., Haywards H. A practical comparison of IPLs and the Copper Bromide Laser for photorejuvenation, acne and the treatment of vascular&pigmented lesions.
  12. ^ Diane Heppner The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Inc. Elsevier 20074th edition
  13. ^ George McKedy US Patent Application Publication, Pub.No.: US2010/0252779 A1
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