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Chromyl chloride, a gaseous metal compound

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In this experiment, I made some chromyl chloride, a very volatile compound of chromium, which forms an orange/brown gas. It is really weird, thinking of this vapor being a metal-compound!

 

This stuff has some very interesting properties. Have a look at the page, I made about this compound:

 

http://woelen.scheikunde.net/science/chem/exps/cro2cl2/index.html

 

The chemicals, needed for this experiment, are quite common, and I expect that many people, who read this and who do some serious home chemistry, can easily repeat this experiment.

 

Be careful though, chromyl chloride is a carcinogen. Avoid breathing any of the vapor.

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A beautifu demo and potentially useful too. That technique was formerly used in analysis to isolate chromium from other metals.

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