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CERIUM structure
Chemical Name:
CERIUM;CE000205;CE007910;CE000200;CE000220;CE005110;CE007950;CE000210;Ceriumingot;CERIUM METAL
Molecular Formula:
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CERIUM Properties

Melting point:
795 °C(lit.)
Boiling point:
3443 °C(lit.)
6.67 g/mL at 25 °C(lit.)
Specific Gravity
73 μΩ-cm, 20°C
Water Solubility 
soluble dilute mineral acids [KIR78]
Air & Moisture Sensitive
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Hazard Codes  C,Xn,F
Risk Statements  22-23-36/38-36/37/38-20/21/22-11-15-14/15
Safety Statements  26-36-36/37/39-16-43
RIDADR  UN 2031 8/PG 2
WGK Germany  3
HazardClass  4.1
PackingGroup  II
HS Code  28053090
Signal word: Danger
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H228 Flammable solid Flammable solids Category 1
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P231+P232, P280, P370+P378,P402+P404, P501
H315 Causes skin irritation Skin corrosion/irritation Category 2 Warning P264, P280, P302+P352, P321,P332+P313, P362
H319 Causes serious eye irritation Serious eye damage/eye irritation Category 2A Warning P264, P280, P305+P351+P338,P337+P313P
H335 May cause respiratory irritation Specific target organ toxicity, single exposure;Respiratory tract irritation Category 3 Warning
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P280 Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
P231+P232 Handle under inert gas. Protect from moisture.
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CERIUM Chemical Properties,Uses,Production


Cerium is the most abundant of the rare earths. It is characterized chemically by having two valence states, the +3 cerous and +4 ceric states. The ceric state is the only non-trivalent rare earth ion stable in aqueous solutions. It is, therefore, strongly acidic and a strong oxidizer. The cerous state closely resembles the other trivalent rare earths.
The numerous commercial applications for Cerium include glass and glass polishing, phosphors, ceramics, catalysts and metallurgy:
In glass industry, it is considered to be the most efficient glass polishing agent for precision optical polishing. It is also used to decolorize glass by keeping iron in its Ferrous state. The ability of Cerium-doped glass to block out ultra violet light is utilized in the manufacturing of medical glassware and aerospace windows. It is also used to prevent polymers from darkening in sunlight and to suppress discoloration of television glass. It is applied to optical components to improve performance.
In phosphors, the role of Cerium is not as the emitting atom, but as a "sensitizer."
Cerium is also used in a variety of ceramics, including dental compositions and as a phase stabilizer in zirconia-based products.
Ceria plays several catalytic roles. In catalytic converters it acts as a stabilizer for the high surface area Alumina, as a promoter of the water-gas shift reaction, as an Oxygen storage component and as an enhancer of the NOX reduction capability of Rhodium. Cerium is added to the dominant catalyst for the production of styrene from methylbenzene to improve styrene formation. It is used in FCC catalysts containing zeolites to provide both catalytic reactivity in the reactor and thermal stability in the regenerator.
In steel manufacturing, it is used to remove free Oxygen and Sulfur by forming stable Oxysulfides and by tying up undesirable trace elements, such as Lead and Antimony.

Chemical Properties

grey metal ingots (in mineral oil)

Physical properties

Cerium is a grayish/iron-colored, very reactive metallic element that is attacked by bothacids and alkalies. Pure cerium will ignite if scratched with a knife, but it can be combinedsafely with many other elements and materials. It is relatively soft and both malleable andductile.
Its melting point is 798°C, its boiling point is 3,443°C, and its density is 6.770g/cm3.


There are 44 isotopes of cerium, four of which are considered stable. Ce-140accounts for most of the cerium (88.450%) found in the Earth’s crust, and Ce-138makes up just 0.251% of the element in the crust. There are two isotopes with half-liveslong enough to be considered stable: Ce-136 (0.185%), with a half-life of 0.7×10+14years, and Ce-142 (11.14%), with a half-life of 5×10+16 years. All the other isotopes areradioactive with half-lives ranging from 150 nanoseconds to 137.641 days. All are madeartificially.

Origin of Name

Named for the asteroid Ceres, which was discovered two years before the element.


Cerium is the 25th most abundant element on Earth. It is also the most abundant rareearthmetal in the lanthanide series. Its major ores are monazite and bastnasite. Cerium isfound in the Earth’s crust in 46 ppm, which is about 0.0046% of the Earth’s crust. Ceriumis mixed with other elements in its ores, making it difficult to find, isolate, and identify. Itsexistence was unknown until about 1803.
Monazite sands contain most of the rare-earths. The sands of the beaches of Florida andparts of California contain monazite. Monazite is also found in South Africa, India, andBrazil. Bastnasite is found in southern California and New Mexico.


As a pure metal, cerium is unstable and will decompose rapidly in moist air. It also decomposesin hot water to form hydrogen. Its oxide compounds and halides are stable and have anumber of uses.
Cerium is separated from other rare-earth elements by an ion-exchange process in whichit reacts with fluoride. This compound is then reduced with calcium metal (3Ca +2CeF3 →2Ce + 3CaF3). Cerium can also be produced by the electrolysis of molten cerium salts. Themetal ion collects at the cathode, and the chlorine or fluorine gases of the salt compound atthe anode.


Cerium was discovered in 1803 by Klaproth and by Berzelius and Hisinger; metal prepared by Hillebrand and Norton in 1875. Cerium is the most abundant of the metals of the so-called rare earths. It is found in a number of minerals including allanite (also known as orthite), monazite, bastnasite, cerite, and samarskite. Monazite and bastnasite are presently the two most important sources of cerium. Large deposits of monazite found on the beaches of Travancore, India, in river sands in Brazil, and deposits of allanite in the western United States, and bastnasite in Southern California will supply cerium, thorium, and the other rare-earth metals for many years to come. Metallic cerium is prepared by metallothermic reduction techniques, such as by reducing cerous fluoride with calcium, or by electrolysis of molten cerous chloride or other cerous halides. The metallothermic technique is used to produce highpurity cerium. Cerium is especially interesting because of its variable electronic structure. The energy of the inner 4f level is nearly the same as that of the outer or valence electrons, and only small amounts of energy are required to change the relative occupancy of these electronic levels. This gives rise to dual valency states. For example, a volume change of about 10% occurs when cerium is subjected to high pressures or low temperatures. It appears that the valence changes from about 3 to 4 when it is cooled or compressed. The low temperature behavior of cerium is complex. Four allotropic modifications are thought to exist: cerium at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure is known as γ cerium. Upon cooling to –16°C, γ cerium changes to β cerium. The remaining γ cerium starts to change to α cerium when cooled to –172°C, and the transformation is complete at –269°C. α Cerium has a density of 8.16; δ cerium exists above 726°C. At atmospheric pressure, liquid cerium is more dense than its solid form at the melting point. Cerium is an iron-gray lustrous metal. It is malleable, and oxidizes very readily at room temperature, especially in moist air. Except for europium, cerium is the most reactive of the “rare-earth” metals. It slowly decomposes in cold water, and rapidly in hot water. Alkali solutions and dilute and concentrated acids attack the metal rapidly. The pure metal is likely to ignite if scratched with a knife. Ceric salts are orange red or yellowish; cerous salts are usually white. Cerium is a component of misch metal, which is extensively used in the manufacture of pyrophoric alloys for cigarette lighters, etc. Natural cerium is stable and contains four isotopes. Thirtytwo other radioactive isotopes and isomers are known. While cerium is not radioactive, the impure commercial grade may contain traces of thorium, which is radioactive. The oxide is an important constituent of incandescent gas mantles and it is emerging as a hydrocarbon catalyst in “self-cleaning” ovens. In this application it can be incorporated into oven walls to prevent the collection of cooking residues. As ceric sulfate it finds extensive use as a volumetric oxidizing agent in quantitative analysis. Cerium compounds are used in the manufacture of glass, both as a component and as a decolorizer. The oxide is finding increased use as a glass polishing agent instead of rouge, for it is much faster than rouge in polishing glass surfaces. Cerium compounds are finding use in automobile exhaust catalysts. Cerium is also finding use in making permanent magnets. Cerium, with other rare earths, is used in carbon-arc lighting, especially in the motion picture industry. It is also finding use as an important catalyst in petroleum refining and in metallurgical and nuclear applications. In small lots, cerium costs about $5/g (99.9%).


The compound cerium oxide (either Ce2O3 or CeO2) is used to coat the inside of ovensbecause it was discovered that food cannot stick to oven walls that are coated with ceriumoxide. Cerium compounds are used as electrodes in high-intensity lamps and film projectorsused by the motion picture industry. Cerium is also used in the manufacturing andpolishing of high-refraction lenses for cameras and telescopes and in the manufacture ofincandescent lantern mantles. It additionally acts as a chemical reagent, a misch metal, anda chemical catalyst. Cerium halides are an important component of the textile and photographicindustries, as an additive to other metals, and in automobile catalytic converters.Cerium is also used as an alloy to make special steel for jet engines, solid-state instruments,and rocket propellants.


A rare-earth element of the lanthanide group of the periodic table. Four stable isotopes.


Symbol Ce. A silvery metallicelement belonging to the lanthanoids;a.n. 58; r.a.m. 140.12; r.d.6.77 (20°C); m.p. 799°C; b.p. 3426°C.It occurs in allanite, bastnasite,cerite, and monazite. Four isotopesoccur naturally: cerium–136, –138,–140, and –142; fifteen radioisotopeshave been identified. Cerium is usedin mischmetal, a rare-earth metalcontaining 25% cerium, for use inlighter flints. The oxide is used inthe glass industry. It was discoveredby Martin Klaproth (1743–1817) in1803.


In metallurgy as stabilizers in alloys and as an alternative to thorium oxide in welding electrodes. In glass as polishing agent, decolorizer to stabilize impurities, to render glass opaque to near uv radiation, to resist discoloration from strong light or high energy electron bombardment (as in television screens). In ceramics as an opacifying and strengthening agent. Catalysts to impart high cracking activity for crude oil processing, in automotive exhaust control devices, as combustion additive, polymerization initiator, paint drier, polymer stabilizer. As phosphor in fluorescent lamps, cathode ray tubes and thorium dioxide gas mantles.

General Description

Cerium is a gray colored, ductile solid. This form of cerium is slabs, ingots or rods. When heated to high temperatures CERIUM will burn readily and may be difficult to extinguish. CERIUM is used to make signaling devices.

Air & Water Reactions

Finely divided metal powder is pyrophoric [Bretherick 1979 p. 170-171]. CERIUM will react vigorously if exposed to water or moist air and will generate flammable and/or toxic fumes.

Reactivity Profile

CERIUM is a strong reducing agent. Resembles aluminum in its chemical properties. [Lewis]. Reactivity is enhanced by a state of high physical subdivision, as in TURNINGS OR GRITTY POWDER. Attacked by dilute and concentrated mineral acids and alkalis with the generation of flammable gases. Readily oxidized by moist air at room temperature. Reacts with zinc with explosively violence. Gives very exothermic reactions with antimony or bismuth. Reacts violently with phosphorus at 400-500°C [Mellor 8, Supp. 3:347 1971].


May ignite on heating to 300F (148.9C). Strong reducing agent.


Most of the compounds of cerium are toxic if ingested or if the fumes are inhaled. Ceriumwill ignite when heated.

Health Hazard

Oxides from metallic fires are a severe health hazard. Inhalation or contact with substance or decomposition products may cause severe injury or death. Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases. Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution.

Fire Hazard

May react violently or explosively on contact with water. Some are transported in flammable liquids. May be ignited by friction, heat, sparks or flames. Some of these materials will burn with intense heat. Dusts or fumes may form explosive mixtures in air. Containers may explode when heated. May re-ignite after fire is extinguished.

Industrial uses

A chemical element, cerium (Ce) is the mostabundant metallic element of the rare earthgroup in the periodic table. Cerium occursmixed with other rare earths in many minerals,particularly monazite and blastnasite, and isfound among the products of the fission of uranium,thorium, plutonium.
Ceric oxide, CeO2, is the oxide usuallyobtained when cerium salts of volatile acids areheated. CeO2 is an almost white powder that isinsoluble in most acids, although it can be dissolvedin H2SO4 or other acids when a reducingagent is present. The metal is an iron-gray colorand it oxidizes readily in air, forming a graycrust of oxide. Misch metal, an alloy of cerium,is used in the manufacture of lighter flints.Cerium has the interesting property that, at verylow temperatures or when subjected to highpressures, it exhibits a face-centered cubicform, which is diamagnetic and 18% denserthan the common form.

Safety Profile

Cerium resembles aluminum in its pharmacological action as well as in its chemical properties. The insoluble salts such as the oxalates are stated to be nontoxic even in large doses. It is used to prevent vomiting in pregnancy. The average dose is from 0.05 to 0.5 g. The effect on the central nervous system of the rare-earth metals following inhalation may preclude welding operations with these materials to any large extent. Cerium is stated to produce polycythemia but is useless in the treatment of anemia owing to its toxic effects. The salts of cerium increase the blood coagulation rate. See also RARE EARTHS. A strong reducing agent. Moderate fire hazard; ignites spontaneously in air at 150-180'. Moderate explosion hazard in the form of dust when exposed to flame. The metal or its alloys spark with friction. Many alloys are pyrophoric in air. See also IRON DUST. Explosive reaction with zinc. Very exothermic reaction with antimony or bismuth. Ignites when heated in atmospheres of CO2 + N2, Cl2, or Br2. Violent reaction when heated with phosphorus (4OO℃), silicon (1400℃).

CERIUM Preparation Products And Raw materials

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