Silver (I) fluoride

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Crystal structure
Structure of silver (I) fluoride
__ Ag +      __ F -
Surname Silver (I) fluoride
other names
  • Silver fluoride
  • Silver monofluoride
Ratio formula AgF
Brief description

yellow solid

External identifiers / databases
CAS number 7775-41-9
EC number 231-895-8
ECHA InfoCard 100.028.996
PubChem 62656
Wikidata Q414689
Molar mass 126.87 g · mol -1
Physical state



5.85 g cm −3

Melting point

435 ° C

boiling point

1150 ° C


very good in water (about 1820 g l −1 at 15.5 ° C)

safety instructions
GHS labeling of hazardous substances
05 - Corrosive 09 - Dangerous for the environment


H and P phrases H: 314-410
P: 280-301 + 330 + 331-303 + 361 + 353-305 + 351 + 338-310

0.01 mg m −3

Thermodynamic properties
ΔH f 0

−204.6 kJ / mol

As far as possible and customary, SI units are used. Unless otherwise noted, the data given apply to standard conditions .

Silver (I) fluoride is the silver salt of hydrofluoric acid (hydrofluoric acid). In contrast to the other halides of silver, it is less sensitive to light, very soluble in water and hygroscopic .

Extraction and presentation

The silver (I) fluoride can be made from the elements silver and fluorine as well as from silver (I / III) oxide (AgO), silver (I) oxide (Ag 2 O) and silver (I) carbonate (Ag 2 CO 3 ) can be obtained with hydrogen fluoride:

Silver (I) oxide reacts with hydrogen fluoride to form silver (I) fluoride and water.


Like silver chloride and silver bromide, AgF crystallizes in the cubic NaCl structure . In contrast to the other silver halides, AgF can crystallize from aqueous solutions as different hydrates (AgF · H 2 O, AgF · 2 H 2 O and AgF · 4 H 2 O). With excess hydrofluoric acid, AgF · HF and AgF · 3 HF are formed. 1.8 kg of AgF dissolve in one liter of water at room temperature (25 ° C), whereby silver (I) fluoride dissociates into silver and fluoride ions :

The enthalpy of formation from the elements (∆H f ) is −204 kJ.


Silver (I) fluoride is used in analog photography , whereby color films are coated with AgF, which is particularly sensitive in the UV range. Silver (I) fluoride is used as a mild fluoridating agent for element halides and in the production of organofluorine compounds by adding fluorine to double bonds. An example is the addition of AgF to perfluoroalkenes in acetonitrile, in which perfluoroalkylsilver (I) compounds are formed: R – CF = CF 2 + AgF → R– (CF – CF 3 ) Ag.

AgF or its diammine complex is also used in the treatment of caries under the name Saforide (see web links).

safety instructions

The handling of silver (I) fluoride is not without risk, as it reacts with silicon , titanium and calcium hydride , for example, with strong heat generation. In contact with boron and sodium there is even a risk of explosion. It also has a corrosive effect on the eyes and skin or when inhaled into the lungs.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

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