Chemical compound

Cobalt (III) oxide is the inorganic compound with the formula of Co2O3. Although only two oxides of cobalt are well characterized, CoO and Co3O4,[4] procedures claiming to give Co2O3 have been described. Thus treatment of Co(II) salts such as cobalt(II) sulfate with an aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite (also known as bleach) gives a black solid:[5][6]

2CoSO4 + 4NaOH + NaOCl → Co2O3 + 2Na2SO4 + NaCl

Some formulations of the catalyst hopcalite contain "Co2O3".

Some studies have been unable to synthesize the compound, and report that it is theoretically unstable.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Sigma-Aldrich product page
  2. ^ Lide, David R., ed. (2006). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (87th ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-0487-3.
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  4. ^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-0-08-037941-8.
  5. ^ Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Ed. Edited by G. Brauer, Academic Press, 1963, NY. p. 1675.
  6. ^ Hüttner, Erwin (1901-05-02). "Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Oxyde des Kobalts". Zeitschrift für anorganische Chemie (in German). Wiley. 27 (1): 81–124. doi:10.1002/zaac.19010270113. ISSN 0863-1778.
  7. ^ Shanbhag, Pavitra N.; Biswas, Raju K.; Pati, Swapan K.; Sundaresan, Athinarayanan; Rao, Chinthamani Nagesa Ramachandra (2020-11-02). "Elusive Co2O3: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study". ACS Omega. American Chemical Society (ACS). 5 (45): 29009–29016. doi:10.1021/acsomega.0c03397. ISSN 2470-1343. PMC 7675568. PMID 33225132.