thorium chloride

thorium chloride

[′thȯr·ē·əm ′klȯr‚īd]
(inorganic chemistry)
ThCl4 Hygroscopic, toxic colorless crystal needles soluble in alcohol, melts at 820°C, decomposes at 928°C; used in incandescent lighting. Also known as thorium tetrachloride.
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The reaction produces Th[Cl.sub.4]([[H.sub.2]O).sub.4.] A novel combination of anhydrous hydrochloric acid and trimethylsilyl chloride removes the coordinated water molecules, replacing them with dimethoxyethane (DME) to make the new thorium chloride reagent.