Titanium nitrate

Titanium nitrate is the inorganic compound with formula Ti(NO3)4. It is a colorless, diamagnetic solid that sublimes readily. It is an unusual example of a volatile binary transition metal nitrate. Ill defined species called titanium nitrate are produced upon dissolution of titanium or its oxides in nitric acid.

Titanium nitrate
Other names
titanium tetranitrate, tetranitratotitanium
3D model (JSmol)
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Molar mass 295.8866 g/mol
Appearance white volatile solid
Density 2.192[1]
Melting point 58.5 °C (137.3 °F; 331.6 K)
Boiling point decompose
a = 7.80, b = 13.57, c = 10.34 Å
α = 90°, β = 125·0°, γ = 90°
896.52 Å3
flattened tetrahedral
Related compounds
Related compounds
hafnium nitrate, zirconium nitrate, titanium phosphate, titanium perchlorate
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references


Similarly to its original method,[3][4] Ti(NO3)4 is prepared by the nitration of titanium tetrachloride using dinitrogen pentoxide:[5]

TiCl4 + 4 N2O5 → Ti(NO3)4 + 4 ClNO2

A hydrated titanium nitrate is produced upon dissolution of titanium compounds in nitric acid.[6]


The complex has D2d symmetry, with four bidentate nitrate ligands. The N-O distances are 1·29 Å and 1·185 Å (noncoordinated).[2]

Physical propertiesEdit

In the infrared spectrum, it absorbs strongly at 1635 cm−1, assigned to a N-O vibrational mode.[7]

It is soluble in nonpolar solvents silicon tetrachloride and carbon tetrachloride.[8][4]


Titanium nitrate is hygroscopic, converting to ill-defined hydrates.[9] The anhydrous material is highly reactive, even toward hydrocarbons.[9] Titanium nitrate also reacts with n-dodecane,[10] p-dichlorobenzene, anisole, biphenyl,[10][11]

It decomposes thermally to titanium dioxide.[12]


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  12. ^ Allendorf, Mark Donald (1999-01-01). "Titanium Oxide CVD from Titanium (IV) Nitrate ...". Proceedings of the Symposium on Fundamental Gas-Phase and Surface Chemistry of Vapor-Phase Materials Synthesis. The Electrochemical Society. pp. 395–397. ISBN 9781566772174. Retrieved 27 September 2014.

Other readingEdit

  • Partington, J. R.; A. L. Whynes (1949). "660. Reactions of nitrosyl chloride. Part II". Journal of the Chemical Society (Resumed): 3135. doi:10.1039/JR9490003135. ISSN 0368-1769.
  • Dauerman, L.; G.E. Salser (1973). "Mass spectra of covalent inorganic nitrates: copper(II) nitrate and titanium(IV) nitrate". Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry. 35 (1): 304–306. doi:10.1016/0022-1902(73)80643-8. ISSN 0022-1902.