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|Molar mass||192.75 g/mol|
|Appearance||bright red liquid, moisture sensitive|
|Density||1.816 g/cm3, liquid|
|Melting point||−24.5 °C (−12.1 °F; 248.7 K)|
|Boiling point||148 °C (298 °F; 421 K)|
|Solubility||soluble in CH2Cl2|
|Vapor pressure||7.9 Pa|
|Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):|
|toxic; oxidizer; hydrolyzes to release HCl|
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (median dose)
|160 mg/kg (rat, oral)|
|vanadium tetrafluoride, vanadium disulfide, vanadium tetrabromide|
|titanium tetrachloride, chromium tetrachloride, niobium tetrachloride, tantalum tetrachloride|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
(what is ?)
With one more valence electron than diamagnetic TiCl4, VCl4 is a paramagnetic liquid. It is one of only a few paramagnetic compounds that is liquid at room temperature.
VCl4 is prepared by chlorination of vanadium metal. VCl5 does not form in this reaction; Cl2 lacks the oxidizing power to attack VCl4. VCl5 can however be prepared indirectly from VF5 at −78 °C. In contrast, the heavier analogues NbCl5 and TaCl5 are stable and not particularly oxidizing. VF5 can be prepared directly by fluorination of vanadium metal, reflecting the increased oxidizing power of F2 vs Cl2. Indicative of its oxidizing power, VCl4 releases Cl2 at its boiling point (standard pressure) to afford VCl3.
It is the precursor to vanadocene dichloride.
VCl4 is a catalyst for the polymerization of alkenes, especially those useful in the rubber industry. The underlying technology is related to Ziegler–Natta catalysis, which involves the intermediacy of vanadium alkyls.
VCl4 is a volatile, aggressive oxidant that readily hydrolyzes to release HCl.