Uranium pentafluoride is the inorganic compound with the chemical formula UF5. It is a pale yellow paramagnetic solid. The compound has attracted interest because it is related to uranium hexafluoride, which is widely used to produce uranium fuel. It crystallizes in two polymorphs, called α- and β-UF5.
Synthesis and structure
It can be produced by reduction of the hexafluoride with carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures.
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