Phosphorus pentachloride production

Phosphorus pentachloride production

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Caption: Phosphorus pentachloride production. Laboratory apparatus for the synthesis of phosphorus pentachloride (PCl5) from phosphorus trichloride (PCl3, upper centre) and chlorine (Cl2, far left) gas. PCl5 is a white to pale yellow fine grained powder with a pungent odour. It is important in industry for the manufacture of phosphate compounds and as a chlorinating agent in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and dyes.

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Keywords: apparatus, chemical, chemistry, experiment, glass, glassware, laboratory, manufacture, phosphorus pentachloride, preparation, production, synthesis, trichloride

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