Dichlorine heptoxide is the chemical compound with the formula Cl2O7. This chlorine oxide is the anhydride of perchloric acid. It is produced by the careful distillation of perchloric acid in the presence of the dehydrating agent phosphorus pentoxide:
- 2 HClO4 + P4O10 → Cl2O7 + H2P4O11
Chlorine(VII) oxide; Perchloric anhydride; (Perchloryloxy)chlorane trioxide
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|Molar mass||182.901 g/mol|
|Density||1900 kg m−3|
|Melting point||−91.57 °C (−132.83 °F; 181.58 K)|
|Boiling point||82 °C (180 °F; 355 K)|
|hydrolyzes to form perchloric acid|
|Main hazards||oxidizer, contact explosive|
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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
The chlorine(VII) oxide can be distilled off from the mixture.
- 2 Cl2O7 → 2 Cl2 + 7 O2 (ΔH° = –132 kcal/mol)
Cl2O7 is bent with Cl−O−Cl angle of 118.6° giving the molecule C2 symmetry. The terminal Cl−O distances are 1.709 Å and the Cl=O distances are 1.405 Å. In this compound, chlorine exists in its highest formal oxidation state of +7, although the bonding in this molecule is significantly covalent.
- 2 RNH
2 + Cl
7 → 2 RNHClO
3 + H
- 2 R
2NH + Cl
7 → 2 R
3 + H
Dichlorine heptoxide is a strongly acidic oxide, and in solution it forms an equilibrium with perchloric acid.
Although it is the most stable chlorine oxide, Cl2O7 is a strong oxidizer as well as an explosive that can be set off with flame or mechanical shock, or by contact with iodine. Nevertheless, it is less strongly oxidising than the other chlorine oxides, and does not attack sulfur, phosphorus, or paper when cold. It has the same effects on the human body as elemental chlorine, and requires the same precautions.
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