Perchloryl fluoride


Perchloryl fluoride
Perchloryl fluoride
IUPAC name
Perchloryl fluoride
Other names
Chlorine oxyfluoride, Perchlorofluoride, Chlorine fluorine oxide, Trioxychlorofluoride, Perchloric acid fluoride
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3D model (JSmol)
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ECHA InfoCard 100.028.660 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 231-526-0
  • 24258
RTECS number
  • SD1925000
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  • InChI=1/ClFO3/c2-1(3,4)5
  • FCl(=O)(=O)=O
Molar mass 102.4496 g/mol
Appearance Colorless gas
Odor sweet odor
Density 1.434 g/cm3
Melting point −147.8 °C (−234.0 °F; 125.3 K)
Boiling point −46.7 °C (−52.1 °F; 226.5 K)
0.06 g/100 ml (20 °C)
Vapor pressure 10.5 atm (20°C)[1]
Viscosity 3.91 x 10−3 Pa.s (@ melting point)
Tetrahedral[2]: 373 
278.97 J/(mol*K)
-21.42 kJ/mol [3]: 380 
Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):
Main hazards
Corrosive, oxidizing, toxic
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
3 ppm
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
385 ppm (rat, 4 hr)
451 ppm (dog, 4 hr)[4]
2000 ppm (rat, 40 min)
451 ppm (dog, 4 hr)[4]
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 3 ppm (13.5 mg/m3)[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 3 ppm (14 mg/m3) ST 6 ppm (28 mg/m3)[1]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
100 ppm[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Perchloryl fluoride[5] is a reactive gas with the chemical formula ClO
. It has a characteristic sweet odor[6] that resembles gasoline and kerosene. It is toxic and is a powerful oxidizing and fluorinating agent. It is the acid fluoride of perchloric acid.

In spite of its small enthalpy of formation (ΔHf° = −5.2 kcal/mol), it is kinetically stable, decomposing only at 400 °C.[2]: 380  It is quite reactive towards reducing agents and anions, however, with the chlorine atom acting as an electrophile.[2]: 382  It reacts explosively with reducing agents such as metal amides, metals, hydrides, etc.[6] Its hydrolysis in water occurs very slowly, unlike that of chloryl fluoride.

Synthesis and chemistry

Perchloryl fluoride is produced primarily by the fluorination of perchlorates. Antimony pentafluoride is a commonly used fluorinating agent:[2]: 372–373 

+ 3 HF + 2 SbF
+ H
+ 2 SbF

reacts with alcohols to produce alkyl perchlorates, which are extremely shock-sensitive explosives.[7] In the presence of a Lewis acid, it can be used for introducing the –ClO
group into aromatic rings via electrophilic aromatic substitution.[8]


Perchloryl fluoride is used in organic chemistry as a mild fluorinating agent.[2]: 383  It was the first industrially relevant electrophilic fluorinating agent, used since the 1960s for producing fluorinated steroids.[7] In the presence of aluminum trichloride, it has also been used as an electrophilic perchlorylation reagent for aromatic compounds.[9]

Perchloryl fluoride was investigated as a high performance liquid rocket fuel oxidizer.[10] In comparison with chlorine pentafluoride and bromine pentafluoride, it has significantly lower specific impulse, but does not tend to corrode tanks. It does not require cryogenic storage. Rocket fuel chemist John Drury Clark reported in his book Ignition! [11] that perchloryl fluoride is completely miscible with all-halogen oxidizers such as chlorine trifluoride and chlorine pentafluoride, and such a mixture provides the needed oxygen to properly burn carbon-containing fuels.

It can also be used in flame photometry as an excitation source.[12]


Perchloryl fluoride is toxic, with a TLV of 3 ppm.[13] It is a strong lung- and eye-irritant capable of producing burns on exposed skin. Its IDLH level is 100 ppm.[14] Symptoms of exposure include dizziness, headaches, syncope, and cyanosis. Exposure to toxic levels causes severe respiratory tract inflammation and pulmonary edema.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. "#0490". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  2. ^ a b c d e Harry Julius Emeléus; A. G. Sharpe (1976). Advances in inorganic chemistry and radiochemistry, Volume 18. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-023618-4.
  3. ^ "Perchloryl fluoride". NIST Chemistry WebBook, SRD 69. 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Perchloryl fluoride". Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  5. ^ Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory. "Perchloryl fluoride". National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  6. ^ a b Jared Ledgard (2007). The Preparatory Manual of Explosives (3rd ed.). p. 77. ISBN 978-0-615-14290-6.
  7. ^ a b Peer Kirsch (2004). Modern fluoroorganic chemistry: synthesis, reactivity, applications. Wiley-VCH. p. 74. ISBN 3-527-30691-9.
  8. ^ Peter Bernard David De la Mare (1976). Electrophilic halogenation: reaction pathways involving attack by electrophilic halogens on unsaturated compounds. CUP Archive. p. 63. ISBN 0-521-29014-7.
  9. ^ Inman, C. E.; Oesterling, R. E.; Tyczkowski, E. A. (1958-10-01). "Reactions of Perchloryl Fluoride with Organic Compounds. I. Perchlorylation of Aromatic Compounds1". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 80 (19): 5286–5288. doi:10.1021/ja01552a069. ISSN 0002-7863.
  10. ^ a b John Burke Sullivan; Gary R. Krieger (2001). Clinical environmental health and toxic exposures (2nd ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 969. ISBN 0-683-08027-X.
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  12. ^ Schmauch, G. E.; Serfass, E. J. (1958). "The Use of Perchloryl Fluoride in Flame Photometry". Applied Spectroscopy. 12 (3): 98–102. Bibcode:1958ApSpe..12...98S. doi:10.1366/000370258774615483. S2CID 95615583.
  13. ^ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  14. ^ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Documentation for Immediately Dangerous To Life or Health Concentrations (IDLHs)". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 2013-10-31.