Uranium Oxide

Uranium Oxide



 uranium (V, VI) oxide

  • Formula as commonly written: U3O8
  • Hill system formula: O8U3
  • CAS registry number: [1344-59-8]
  • Formula weight: 842.082
  • Class: oxide


  • uranium (V, VI) oxide
  • uranium oxide
  • pitchblende
  • triuranium octaoxide

Physical properties

  • Colour: very dark green-black
  • Appearance:
  • Melting point: 1150°C; 1300°C (decomposes to UO2)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density: 8380 kg m-3



Element analysis and oxidation numbers

For each compound, and where possible, a formal oxidation number for each element is given, but the usefulness of this number is limited, especially so for p-block elements in particular. Based upon that oxidation number, an electronic configuration is also given but note that for more exotic compounds you should view this as a guide only.

Element % Formal oxidation state Formal electronic configuration
O 15.20 -2 [He].2s2.2p6
U 84.80


Not available

Solid state structure

  • Geometry of uranium: 7 coordinate: pentagonal bipyramidal
  • Prototypical structure:


Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the U3O8 unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: U3O8

mass  %836   0.0 837   0.0 838   0.0 839   2.2 _ 840   0.0 841   0.0 842 100.0 843   0.3 844   1.6 845   0.0 846   0.0



CAS # Formula Formula Weight
U3O8 842.09
Color Crystalline Form Specific Gravity Melting Point Boiling Point
olive-grn-blk 8.30 d 1300 to UO2
Solubility in 100 parts
Cold Water Hot Water Other Reagents
s HNO3

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Uranium Oxide
Ingredient Name:        Uranium Oxide: U3O8CAS Number:              11344-57-6Percent:                       ca 100Exposure Limits:         * OSHA PEL: 0.05 mg/m3, 8‑hr TWA

Appearance & Odor:  Uranium oxide is usually a dull, dark charcoal-gray or flat black colored                     powder (U308) with no detectable odor.

Boiling point:  NA                                                                    Specific Gravity (H2O=l):       8.30

Vapor Density (Air=1):  NA                                                       Vapor Pressure:                        NA

Water Solubility (%):  Insoluble                                                Melting Point:        >>1300 °C

Evaporation Rate:  NA                                                              % Volatile By Volume:        NA

Molecular Weight:  842.09

Melting point for oxides is much higher than for metal (1132 °C),

U3O8 decomposes to UO2 at 1300°C.

{UO2 specific gravity = 10.96, melting point = 2878 °C.}

{UO3 specific gravity =  7.29  (melting point NA)}

Meets ACS specifications





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