Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences - Section A

, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 270–279

Studies on phosphorus oxychloride and aluminium chloride complex


  • K. N. Venkataraman
    • Department of Inorganic and Physical ChemistryIndian Institute of Science
  • A. R. Vasudeva Murthy
    • Department of Inorganic and Physical ChemistryIndian Institute of Science

DOI: 10.1007/BF03045749

Cite this article as:
Venkataraman, K.N. & Vasudeva Murthy, A.R. Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. (1960) 51: 270. doi:10.1007/BF03045749


1. Anhydrous aluminium chloride reacts with phosphorus oxychloride to give a complex with a composition AlCl3.2 POCl3 which can be prepared in the form of a free flowing powder.

2. The phosphorus oxychloride-aluminium chloride complex in nitrobenzene dissociates into AlCl3.POCl3 and POCl3 as indicated by the cryoscopic measurements.

3. The solution of the complex in nitrobenzene has a higher specific conductivity than the corresponding electrical conductivities of individual components. Similar higher electrical conductance is observed when the two components are mixed in nitrobenzene in different proportions.

4.When a solution of anhydrous aluminium chloride in nitrobenzene is titrated conductometrically against a solution of phosphorus oxychloride in nitrobenzene, a limiting value in the conductivity is reached at point corresponding to the molecular composition, the components in the ratio of 1:2 AlCl3: POCl3 in solution.

5. The absorption maxima of the complex in nitrobenzene solution differ from the absorption maximum of the individual components.

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