Chemical elements
    Physical Properties
    Chemical Properties
      Tantalum Pentafluoride
      Tantalum Oxyfluorides
      Tantalum Dichloride
      Tantalum Trichloride
      Tantalum Tetrachloride
      Tantalum Pentachloride
      Tantalum Oxychlorides
      Bromotantalum Bromide
      Tantalum Tribromide
      Tantalum Pentabromide
      Tantalum Oxybromide
      Tantalum Pentiodide
      Tantalum Dioxide
      Tantalum Pentoxide
      Pertantalic Acid
      Tantalum Peroxyfluorides
      Tantalum Disulphide
      Tantalum Sulphates
      Tantalum Mononitride
      Tritantalum Pentanitride
      Tantalum Carbide
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Tantalum Pentabromide, TaBr5

Tantalum Pentabromide, TaBr5, can be prepared either by distilling bromine on to powdered tantalum heated to between 260° and 300° C., or by passing bromine vapour over a heated mixture of freshly ignited tantalum pentoxide and sugar charcoal, all air being previously removed by means of carbon dioxide. The product is sublimed in an atmosphere of carbon dioxide to render it free from excess of bromine. The salt crystallises in long, yellow plates. The density of the sublimed material is 4.67. It melts at about 240° C. to a transparent, red liquid, and boils at about 320° C., giving a yellow vapour. When heated in hydrogen above its sublimation temperature, reduction to the metal and the lower bromides takes place. It fumes strongly in air, and is rapidly attacked by water, with precipitation of tantalic acid. Methyl and ethyl alcohols react with it readily, and with such considerable evolution of heat that they take fire.

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