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Part 10. Transition Metals 3d–block:  

10.5 Vanadium Chemistry

Vanadium exhibits oxidation states of +2, +3, +4 and +5.

principal oxidation states of vanadium, redox reactions of vanadium, ligand substitution displacement reactions of vanadium, balanced equations of vanadium chemistry, formula of vanadium complex ions, shapes colours of vanadium complexes, formula of compounds

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INORGANIC Part 10 3d block TRANSITION METALS sub–index: 10.1–10.2 Introduction 3d–block Transition Metals * 10.3 Scandium * 10.4 Titanium * 10.5 Vanadium * 10.6 Chromium * 10.7 Manganese * 10.8 Iron * 10.9  Cobalt * 10.10 Nickel * 10.11 Copper * 10.12 Zinc * 10.13 Other Transition Metals e.g. Ag and Pt * Appendix 1. Hydrated salts, acidity of hexa–aqua ions * Appendix 2. Complexes & ligands * Appendix 3. Complexes and isomerism * Appendix 4. Electron configuration & colour theory * Appendix 5. Redox equations, feasibility, Eø * Appendix 6. Catalysis * Appendix 7. Redox equations * Appendix 8. Stability Constants and entropy changes * Appendix 9. Colorimetric analysis and complex ion formula * Appendix 10 3d block – extended data * Appendix 11 Some 3d–block compounds, complexes, oxidation states & electrode potentials * Appendix 12 Hydroxide complex precipitate 'pictures', formulae and equations

Advanced Level Inorganic Chemistry Periodic Table Index * Part 1 Periodic Table history * Part 2 Electron configurations, spectroscopy, hydrogen spectrum, ionisation energies * Part 3 Period 1 survey H to He * Part 4 Period 2 survey Li to Ne * Part 5 Period 3 survey Na to Ar * Part 6 Period 4 survey K to Kr and important trends down a group * Part 7 s–block Groups 1/2 Alkali Metals/Alkaline Earth Metals * Part 8  p–block Groups 3/13 to 0/18 * Part 9 Group 7/17 The Halogens * Part 10 3d block elements & Transition Metal Series * Part 11 Group & Series data & periodicity plots * All 11 Parts have their own sub–indexes near the top of the pages


10.5. Chemistry of Vanadium V, Z=23, 1s22s22p63s23p63d34s2 

data comparison of vanadium with the other members of the 3d–block and transition metals

Z and symbol 21 Sc 22 Ti 23 V 24 Cr 25 Mn 26 Fe 27 Co 28 Ni 29 Cu 30 Zn
property\name scandium titanium vanadium chromium manganese iron cobalt nickel copper zinc
melting point/oC 1541 1668 1910 1857 1246 1538 1495 1455 1083 420
density/gcm–3 2.99 4.54 6.11 7.19 7.33 7.87 8.90 8.90 8.92 7.13
atomic radius/pm 161 145 132 125 124 124 125 125 128 133
M2+ ionic radius/pm na 90 88 84 80 76 74 72 69 74
M3+ ionic radius/pm 81 76 74 69 66 64 63 62 na na
common oxidation states +3 only +2,3,4 +2,3,4,5 +2,3,6 +2,3,4,6,7 +2,3,6 +2,3 +2,+3 +1,2 +2 only
outer electron config.[Ar]... 3d14s2 3d24s2 3d34s2 3d54s1 3d54s2 3d64s2 3d74s2 3d84s2 3d104s1 3d104s2
Elect. pot. M(s)/M2+(aq) na –1.63V –1.18V –0.90V –1.18V –0.44V –0.28V –0.26V +0.34V –0.76V
Elect. pot. M(s)/M3+(aq) –2.03V –1.21V –0.85V –0.74V –0.28V –0.04V +0.40 na na na
Elect. pot. M2+(aq)/M3+(aq) na –0.37V –0.26V –0.42V +1.52V +0.77V +1.87V na na na

Elect. pot. = standard electrode potential data for vanadium (EØ at 298K/25oC, 101kPa/1 atm.)

na = data not applicable to vanadium

Extended data table for VANADIUM

property of vanadium/unit value for V
melting point V/oC 1910
boiling point V/oC 3380
density V/gcm–3 6.11
1st Ionisation Energy V/kJmol–1 650
2nd IE/kJmol–1 1414
3rd IE/kJmol–1 2828
4th IE/kJmol–1 4507
5th IE/kJmol–1 6294
atomic radius V/pm 132
V2+ ionic radius/pm 88
Relative polarising power M2+ ion 2.3
V3+ ionic radius/pm 74
Relative polarising power V3+ ion 4.1
V4+ ionic radius/pm 60
Polarising power V4+ ion 6.7
oxidation states of V, less common/stable +2, +3, +4, +5
simple electron configuration of V 2,8,11,2
outer electrons of V [Ar]3d34s2
Electrode potential V(s)/V2+(aq) –1.18V
Electrode potential V(s)/V3+(aq) –0.85V
Electrode potential V2+(aq)/V3+(aq) –0.26V
Electronegativity of V 1.63

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Page Index and Links

  • Uses of VANADIUM

    • Vanadium is one of many transition metals alloyed with iron to make specialist steels.

  • Vanadium(V) oxide, V2O5, is used as a catalyst in the 'Contact Process' in the production of sulphur trioxide for the manufacture of sulphuric acid.

    • The catalysing of the conversion of sulphur dioxide into sulphur trioxide is explained via change in oxidation state changes i.e. some classic transition metal chemistry.

    • 2SO2(g) + O2(g) ==> 2SO3(g) 

    • The mechanism, somewhat simplified, goes via the catalytic cycle ...

      • (i) SO2 + V2O5 ==> SO3 + V2O4, then (ii) V2O4 + 1/2O2 ==> V2O5 

      • The vanadium changes oxidation state from +5 to +4 and back to +5 in the catalytic cycle, a classic combination of two characteristics of transition metals – variable oxidation state and catalytic properties.

      • This is an example of heterogeneous catalysis – reactants (g) and catalyst (s) in different phases.


The Chemistry of VANADIUM

Pd s block d blocks and f blocks of metallic elements p block elements
Gp1 Gp2 Gp3/13 Gp4/14 Gp5/15 Gp6/16 Gp7/17 Gp0/18
1

1H

2He
2 3Li 4Be The modern Periodic Table of Elements

ZSymbol, z = atomic or proton number

3d block of metallic elements: Scandium to Zinc

5B 6C 7N 8O 9F 10Ne
3 11Na 12Mg 13Al 14Si 15P 16S 17Cl 18Ar
4 19K 20Ca 21Sc

[Ar]3d14s2

scandium

22Ti

[Ar]3d24s2

titanium

23V

 [Ar] 3d34s2

vanadium

24Cr

[Ar] 3d54s1

chromium

25Mn

   [Ar]   3d54s2

manganese

26Fe

[Ar] 3d64s2

iron

27Co

[Ar] 3d74s2

cobalt

28Ni

[Ar] 3d84s2

nickel

29Cu

[Ar] 3d104s1

copper

30Zn

[Ar] 3d104s2

zinc

31Ga 32Ge 33As 34Se 35Br 36Kr
5 37Rb 38Sr 39Y 40Zr 41Nb 42Mo 43Tc 44Ru 45Rh 46Pd 47Ag 48Cd 49In 50Sn 51Sb 52Te 53I 54Xe
6 55Cs 56Ba 57-71 72Hf 73Ta 74W 75Re 76Os 77Ir 78Pt 79Au 80Hg 81Tl 82Pb 83Bi 84Po 85At 86Rn
7 87Fr 88Ra 89-103 104Rf 105Db 106Sg 107Bh 108Hs 109Mt 110Ds 111Rg 112Cn 113Uut 114Fl 115Uup 116Lv 117Uus 118Uuo
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  • The electrode potential chart highlights the values for various oxidation states of vanadium.

  • Vanadium shows a 'classic' display of variable oxidation states of varying colours when a solution of e.g. ammonium vanadate(V), is reduced by a zinc/dilute sulphuric acid mixture. do picture

    • You go from the vanadium(V) vanadate(V) ion ==> vanadium(IV) oxovanadate(IV) ion ==> vanadium(III) ion ==> vanadium(II) ion

    • Acidification changes the vanadate(V) ion into the pale yellow oxo–cation VO2+ (oxovanadium(V) ion)

    • VO43–(aq) + 4H+(aq) rev VO2+(aq) + 2H2O(l) [an acid–base reaction, NOT a redox change]

      • Note: Highly charged cations >3+ rarely exist as the simple 'hydrated' tetra or hexa–aqua ion.

      • The theoretical polarising power of the 'central metal ion' is so strong that they form oxocations (see above) or oxyanions e.g.

      • orange dichromate(VI) Cr2O72–, yellow chromate(VI) CrO42–, purple manganate(VII) MnO4 etc.

      • For transition metals they may be coloured even if electronically the theoretical 'central metal ion'  has a noble gas structure e.g. [Ar] in its maximum oxidation state like V(V), Cr(VI) and Mn(VII).

      • These oxyanions are called charge transfer complexes and the theory is beyond pre–university chemistry.

    • Three successive reduction steps then follow to eventually give V2+ ions, shown as half–cell equations:

    • (i) V(V, +5) ==> V(IV, +4): VO2+(aq) + 2H+(aq) + e rev VO2+(aq) + H2O(l)

      • EØhalf–cell potential = +1.00V, pale yellow to the blue oxovanadium(IV) ion

    • (ii) V(IV, +4) ==> V(III, +3): VO2+(aq) + 2H+(aq) + e rev V3+(aq) + H2O(l)

      • EØhalf–cell potential = +0.34V, blue to the green vanadium(III) ion

      • Here the vanadium(III) ion, V3+, is actually the green hexaaquavanadium(III) ion,

        • [V(H2O)6]3+

      • Both V(IV) and V(III) species are slowly oxidised by dissolved oxygen back to the V(V) compound in acid solution.

        • (see electrode potential comments later).

    • (iii) V(III, +3) ==> V(II, +2): V3+(aq) + e rev V2+(aq)

      • EØhalf–cell potential = –0.26V, green to the purple–violet vanadium(II) ion.

      • V2+(aq) is powerful reducing agent and is unstable in the presence of air.

      • Any dissolved oxygen will oxidise V2+(aq) back to the vanadium(III) cation.

      • V2+ is actually the purple–violet hexaaquavanadium(II) ion, [V(H2O)6]2+

    • Note

      1. The standard electrode potential EØZn(s)/Zn2+(aq) is –0.76V, so the reducing power of zinc is sufficient to effect any of the three vanadium oxidation state reduction changes described above.

      2. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Page Index and LinksThe reduction occurs on the surface of the zinc metal i.e. the site of electron transfer and you can write the above reductions as a fully balanced complete equations ...

        • (i) 2VO2+(aq) + 4H+(aq) + Zn(s) ==> 2VO2+(aq) + 2H2O(l) + Zn2+(aq)

          • EØreaction = EØreduction – EØoxidation = +1.00 – (–0.76) = +1.76V

          • The half–cell reaction of the reduction will have the most +ve EØpotential.

        • (ii) 2VO2+(aq) + 4H+(aq) + Zn(s) ==> 2V3+(aq) + 2H2O(l) + Zn2+(aq)

          • EØreaction = +0.34 –(–0.76) = +1.10V

        • (iii) 2V3+(aq) + Zn(s ==> 2V2+(aq) + Zn2+(aq)

          • EØreaction = –0.26 – (–0.76) = +0.50V

          • BUT the vanadium(II) cation is unstable in the presence of dissolve oxygen in air.

          • 1/2O2(g) + 2H+(aq) + 2e   H2O(l) has a standard electrode potential of +1.23V,

          • so, for the vanadium(II) oxidation reaction ...

          • 1/2O2(g) + 2H+(aq) + 2V2+(aq) ==> 2V3+(aq) + H2O(l)

          • EØreaction = EØreduction – EØoxidation = +1.23 – (–0.26) = +1.49V

          • hence the if left standing open to air, the violet V2+(aq) solution will gradually change to a green V3+(aq) solution and in turn V3+(aq) will revert back to VO2+(aq) in the presence of air because of oxidation by dissolve oxygen unless protected by an inert atmosphere. (see Redox Electrode Potential Chart, V2+/V3+ and V3+/VO2+ potentials are less positive (below) that for O2/H2O/H+ potentials).

      3. You will see hydrogen formed simultaneously from the unavoidable metal–acid reaction.

        • Zn(s) + 2H+(aq) ==> Zn2+(aq) + H2(g)

  • Does vanadium chemistry show an example of disproportionation?

    • This is just a little academic exercise using standard electrode potential data.

    • A disproportionation reaction is where a species in one oxidation state spontaneously and simultaneously changes into two species of different oxidation states – one higher and one lower in oxidation number.

    • Examples: disproportionation in manganese(VI) chemistry and disproportionation in copper(I) chemistry

    • Question: In terms of aqueous ions, is the disproportionation of vanadium(III) into vanadium(II) and vanadium (IV) feasible?

      • (i) VO2+(aq) + 2H+(aq) + 2e rev V3+(aq) + H2O(l)   (EØVO2+/V3+ = +0.34V)

      • (ii) V3+(aq) + e rev V2+(aq)   (EØV3+/V2+ = –0.26V)

      • The disproportionation equation would be (iii) 2V3+(aq) + H2O(l) rev V2+(aq) + VO2+(aq) + 2H+(aq)

      • For equation (iii), (ii) will be the reduction half–cell equation and (i) reversed will be the oxidation half–cell reaction.

      • EØreaction = EØreduction – EØoxidation = = EØV3+/V2+ – EØVO2+/V3+ = (–0.26) – (+0.34) = –0.60V

      • showing the disproportionation is thermodynamically NOT feasible i.e. EØreaction is less than zero.

      • In fact what can actually happen is if you mix salt solutions of vanadium(IV) and vanadium(II) on an equimolar basis, you end up with a solution of vanadium(III) salts, a sort of 'anti–disproportionation' reaction!

  • Summary of some complexes–compounds & oxidation states of vanadium compared to other 3d–block elements


keywords redox reactions ligand substitution displacement balanced equations formula complex ions complexes ligand exchange reactions redox reactions ligands colours oxidation states: vanadium ions V2+ V(+2) V(II) V3+ V(+3) V(III) V4+ V(+4) V(IV) V5+ V(+5) (V) SO2 + V2O5 ==> SO3 + V2O4 V2O4 + 1/2 O2 ==> V2O5 VO43– + 4H+ VO2+ + 2H2O V(V, +5) ==> V(IV, +4): VO2+ + 2H+ + e– VO2+ + H2O V(IV, +4) ==> V(III, +3): VO2+ + 2H+ + e– V3+ + H2O [V(H2O)6]3+ V(III, +3) ==> V(II, +2): V3+ + e– V2+ VO3+/VO2+ (+1.00V), VO2+/V3+ (+0.34V) and V3+/V2+ (–0.26V) 2 VO2+ + 4H+ + Zn ==> 2 VO2+ + 2H2O + Zn2+ 2VO2+ + 4H+ + Zn ==> 2V3+ + 2H2O + Zn2+ 2V3+ + Zn(s ==> 2V2+ + Zn2+ 1/2O2 + 2H+ + 2V2+ ==> 2V3+ + H2O V2+/V3+ and V3+/VO2+ potentials VO2+ + 2H+ + 2e– V3+ + H2OEØVO2+/V3+ = +0.34V) (ii) V3+ + e– V2+ (EØ V3+/V2+ = –0.26V) EØ V3+/V2+ – EØ VO2+/V3+ oxidation states of vanadium, redox reactions of vanadium, ligand substitution displacement reactions of vanadium, balanced equations of vanadium chemistry, formula of vanadium complex ions, shapes colours of vanadium complexes

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Scandium * Titanium * Vanadium * Chromium * Manganese * Iron * Cobalt * Nickel * Copper * Zinc * Silver & Platinum

Introduction 3d–block Transition Metals * Appendix 1. Hydrated salts, acidity of hexa–aqua ions * Appendix 2. Complexes & ligands * Appendix 3. Complexes and isomerism * Appendix 4. Electron configuration & colour theory * Appendix 5. Redox equations, feasibility, Eø * Appendix 6. Catalysis * Appendix 7. Redox equations * Appendix 8. Stability Constants and entropy changes * Appendix 9. Colorimetric analysis and complex ion formula * Appendix 10 3d block – extended data * Appendix 11 Some 3d–block compounds, complexes, oxidation states & electrode potentials * Appendix 12 Hydroxide complex precipitate 'pictures', formulae and equations

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