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Samarium(III) fluoride

Samarium(III) fluoride
Kristallstruktur Yttrium(III)-fluorid.png
IUPAC name
Samarium(III) fluoride
Other names
Samarium trifluoride, Trifluorosamarium
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.033.956
EC Number
  • 237-367-3
Molar mass 207.36 g/mol
Appearance Yellow odorless powder
Density 6.6 g/cm3 at 20 °C
Melting point 1,306 °C (2,383 °F; 1,579 K)
Boiling point 2,427 °C (4,401 °F; 2,700 K)
Orthorombic, oP16, SpaceGroup = Pnma, No. 62
Related compounds
Related compounds
Samarium(II) fluoride
Samarium(III) chloride
Samarium(III) bromide
Samarium(III) iodide
R-phrases (outdated) R20/21/22, R36/37/38
S-phrases (outdated) S9, S26, S36/37
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Samarium(III) fluoride (SmF3) is a slightly hygroscopic solid fluoride. At room temperature, it has orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma – β-YF3 type with lattice constants a = 666,9 pm, b = 705,9 pm, c = 440,5 pm. Above 495 °C, it has the rhombohedral LaF3 structure (space group P3cl) – with lattice constants a = 707, c = 724 pm.[1]

Conditions/substances to avoid are: open flame, moisture, strong acids.


  1. ^ K Rotereau et al.: The high-temperature phase transition in samarium fluoride, SmF3: structural and vibrational investigation, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 1998, 10, 1431–1446, doi:10.1088/0953-8984/10/6/026.