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At or above red heat (~500°C), [[copper]] reacts directly with gaseous [[chlorine]], giving molten {{#Chem:CuCl2}}. The reaction is sufficiently exothermic that the reaction will continue once started.
 
At or above red heat (~500°C), [[copper]] reacts directly with gaseous [[chlorine]], giving molten {{#Chem:CuCl2}}. The reaction is sufficiently exothermic that the reaction will continue once started.
 
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Metathesis reaction between [[copper (II) sulfate]] with [[calcium chloride]], producing copper chloride in solution and calcium sulfate as a precipitate.
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==Purification==
 
==Purification==

Revision as of 17:43, 25 March 2020

 
Copper (II) chloride
aka cupric chloride
Chemical formula CuCl2
OTP appearance yellow-brown solid 
Molar Mass(g/mol) 134.45 
Melting Point(°C) 498 
Boiling Point(°C) 993 (decomp) 
Density(g/cc) 3.386 
Solubility in water(g/L) 757 
Solubility in ethanol(g/L) 530 
Solubility in methanol(g/L) 680 
Solubility in ether(g/L) 1.1 
Solubility in acetone(g/L) 30
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Thermal Decomposition
copper (II) chloride
993°C
CuCl,Cl2

Uses

Other

Natural occurrence

Hazards

Soluble copper compounds are toxic to mammals and can be deadly to fish.

Production

Synthesis

The main routes are divided by the source and valence of the copper, and the source of the chloride ion.

Production of copper chloride
  Source of chlorine ion
hydrochloric acid (aerated) ammonium chloride chlorine gas
Copper (0)
copper metal ?
Copper (I)
copper (I) chloride ? ?
Chalcocite
copper (I) sulfide
? ? ?
Cuprite
copper (I) oxide
? ? ?
Copper (II)
Tenorite
Copper (II) oxide
?
Covellite
copper (II) sulfide
?
Malachite ?
Azurite ?
Copper (II) acetate ? no

via hydrochloric acid

metallic copper
  • Bubble air through copper metal immersed in hydrochloric acid. This will not work without the air, and even then it takes days. This may go in two separate steps, first to copper (I) chloride, and thence to copper(II) chloride, shown separately below.
    4 Cu + 4 HCl + O2 4 CuCl + 2 H2O // from copper(0) to copper (I)
    4 CuCl + 4 HCl + O2 4 CuCl2 + 2 H2O // from copper(I) to copper (II)
copper (I) chloride
  • Bubble air through copper (I) chloride in hydrochloric acid. This will not work without the air, and even then it takes days. [1]
    4 CuCl + 4 HCl + O2 4 CuCl2 + 2 H2O // from (I) to (II)
copper (II) minerals

via ammonium chloride

copper carbonate / malachite / azurite

These reactions are expected to work

4 NH4Cl + Cu2CO3(OH)2 2 CuCl2 + 3 H2O + 4 NH3 + CO2 // UNTESTED
6 NH4Cl + Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2 3 CuCl2 + 4 H2O + 6 NH3 + 2 CO2 // UNTESTED
copper (II) oxide / sulfide

Hydrochlorination of the copper(II) compounds begins at 190°C to form ammonium chlorocuprates, (NH4)2CuCl4 in with copper (II) oxide and NH4CuCl3 with copper (II) sulfide, which at the temperature higher than 300°C decompose affording CuCl2[2]

  1. Combine (dry) ammonium chloride and copper (II) oxide in a flask
  2. Direct gasses through a suckback trap, and thence to a water bubbler.
  3. Heat to 300°C
    2 NH4Cl + CuO CuCl2 + H2O + 2 NH3
    2 NH4Cl + CuS CuCl2 + H2S + 2 NH3
  4. Cool to RT with dryer in place.

via chlorine

metallic copper

At or above red heat (~500°C), copper reacts directly with gaseous chlorine, giving molten CuCl2. The reaction is sufficiently exothermic that the reaction will continue once started.

calcium chloride

Metathesis reaction between copper (II) sulfate with calcium chloride, producing copper chloride in solution and calcium sulfate as a precipitate.

CuSO4 + CaCl2 CuCl2 + CaSO4

Purification

Recrystallize from hot dilute aqueous HCl by cooling in a calcium chloride-ice bath

Testing

  • Visual: Dark blue-green crystals
  • Reacts vigorously with aluminum
    3 CuCl2 + 2 Al 3 Cu + 2 AlCl3

Storage

  • Do not store with excess copper. This can result in decomposition to copper (I) chloride:
    Cu + CuCl2 2 CuCl
  • Do not store in acidic conditions.

Disposal

See Also

References

  1. US patent 2586579 "Method of production of cuprous oxide and copper chlorides"
    Link courtesy Google
  2. Borisov, V.A.; D’yachenko, A.N; Kraidenko, R.I. (2011) "Reaction of Ammonium Chloride with the Copper(II) Sulfide and Oxide, and Identification of the Reaction Products"
    Russian Journal of General Chemistry 81(7); pp1430–1433. 
    DOI:10.1134/S107036321107005X
    link courtesy researchgate.