Dicaesium oxide

  • Formula: Cs2O
  • Hill system formula: Cs2O1
  • CAS registry number: [20281-00-9]
  • Formula weight: 281.81
  • Class: oxide
  • Colour: yellow to orange
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 490°C
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 4650 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of dicaesium oxide:

  • dicaesium oxide
  • caesium(I) oxide
  • cesium(I) oxide
  • dicesium oxide

The oxidation number of caesium in dicaesium oxide is 1.


If caesium is burned in air, the result is mainly formation of orange caesium superoxide, CsO2. The resulting CsO2 can be converted into Cs2O by the careful reaction of CsO2 with caesium metal under nitrogen.

Cs(s) + O2(g) → CsO2(s)

CsO2(s) + 3Cs(s) → 2Cs2O(s)

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of caesium: 3 coordinate: pyramidal
  • Prototypical structure:

Crystal structure of dicaesium oxide

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for Cs2O (dicaesium oxide).

Element %
Cs 94.32
O 5.68

Isotope pattern for Cs2O

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula Cs2O with the most intense ion set to 100%.


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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