Lead(IV) sulfide

Lead(IV) sulfide is a chemical compound with the formula PbS2. This material is generated by the reaction of the more common lead(II) sulfide, PbS, with sulfur at >600 °C and at high pressures.[1] PbS2, like the related tin(IV) sulfide SnS2, crystallises in the cadmium iodide motif, which indicates that Pb should be assigned the formal oxidation state of 4+.

Lead(IV) sulfide
IUPAC name
lead(IV) sulfide
Other names
lead disulfide
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.032.025
Molar mass 271.332 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Lead(IV) sulfide is a p-type semiconductor, and is also a thermoelectric material.[2]


  1. Silverman, M. S. (1966). "High-pressure (70-kilobar) Synthesis of New Crystalline Lead Dichalcogenides". Inorganic Chemistry. 5 (11): 2067–9. doi:10.1021/ic50045a056.
  2. Cava, R.J. (2011). "Pressure Stabilized Se-Se Dimer Formation in PbSe2". Solid State Sciences. 13: 38–41. doi:10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2010.10.003.
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