Zirconium tetrabromide

  • Formula: ZrBr4
  • Hill system formula: Br4Zr1
  • CAS registry number: [13777-25-8]
  • Formula weight: 410.84
  • Class: bromide
  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: cystalline solid
  • Melting point: 450°C
  • Boiling point: 350°C; 250°C
  • Density: 3980 kg m-3

The following are some synonyms of zirconium tetrabromide:

  • zirconium tetrabromide
  • zirconium(IV) bromide
  • zirconium bromide

The oxidation number of zirconium in zirconium tetrabromide is 4.


ZrO2 + 2C + 2Br2 (560°C) → ZrBr4 + 2CO

Zirconium(IV) tetrabromide may be made through the direct reaction of the elements or by passing a stream of bromine in carbon dioxide over a mixture of zirconium(IV) oxide and sugar charcoal contained in a hot pyrex tube. Purification may be achieved by vacuum sublimation. The overall yield is about 60%. Zirconium(IV) bromide is a white crystalline solid that hydrolyses when dissolved in water.

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for ZrBr4 (zirconium tetrabromide).

Element %
Br 77.80
Zr 22.20

Isotope pattern for ZrBr4

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula ZrBr4 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


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