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Cadmium Bromite
Indium(III) Selenide  (In2Se3)

Bismuth Chloride (BiCl3) 

Chemical Formula: BiCl3
CAS Number: 7787-60-2
Molecular Weight: 315.34
EC Number: 232-123-2


Purity Available in  99.99%, 99.999%
Shape and particle size Available in powder
Packaging It is packed with Dacron film, then covered with a sealed plastic film bag.
Refractive index N/A
Density N/A
Melting point N/A
Boiling point N/A

Bismuth Chloride

Bismuth chloride (BiCl3)--also known as bismuth (III) chloride, bismuth trichloride, or butter of bismuth-- is a pale yellow inorganic compound. The compound can be produced in a number of ways: direct synthesis by introducing chlorine to bismuth, dissolving elemental bismuth in aqua regia then evaporating and distilling the mixture, evaporation of a solution of hydrochloric acid and bismuth oxide, and more.


Bismuth chloride has relatively few direct applications, though it is of significant value in various chemical reactions.

  • Bismuth chemistry. It is commonly used in chemistry as a source of the Bi3+ ion, and hydrolyzes easily to bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl), a common ingredient in cosmetics.
  • Lewis acid. Bismuth chloride is an unusual Lewis acid which acts in contradiction to several traditional expectations, making it of unique value in the production of certain chloro-complexes.
  • Organic catalysis. On of the few direct applications of bismuth chloride lay in organic chemistry, where it is a significant tool as a catalyst of the Michael reaction and the Mukaiyama-aldol reaction. When combined with iodides, it produces an even stronger catalytic effect.

AHP Materials offers bismuth chloride at 99.999% purity, along with other high purity bismuth and chlorine compounds. To learn more about the product, or to make inquiries about custom products not in our catalog, contact us today.

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