Tin dioxide

Tin dioxide

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OtherNames = stannic oxide, tin(IV) oxide, stannic oxide, stannic anhydride, flowers of tin
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Formula = SnO2
MolarMass = 150.708 g/mol
Appearance = white powder
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Coordination = Sn, 6, octahedral
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Tin dioxide is the inorganic compound with the formula SnO2. The mineral form of SnO2 is called cassiterite, and this is the main ore of tin. With many other names (see Table), this oxide of tin is the most important raw material in tin chemistry. This colourless, diamagnetic solid is amphoteric.


It crystallises with the rutile structure, wherein the tin atoms are 6 coordinate and the oxygen atoms three coordinate. SnO2 is usually regarded as an oxygen-deficient n-type semiconductor. [Solid State Chemistry: An Introduction Lesley Smart, Elaine A. Moore (2005) CRC Press ISBN 0748775161 ] . Hydrous forms of SnO2 have been described in the past as stannic acids, although such materials appear to be hydrated particles of SnO2 where the composition reflects the particle size."Inorganic Chemistry", Egon Wiberg, Arnold Frederick Holleman Elsevier 2001 ISBN 0123526515]


Tin dioxide occurs naturally but is purified by reduction to the metal followed by by burning tin in air. Annual production is in the range of 10 kilotons. SnO2 is reduced industrially to the metal with carbon in a reverbatory furnace at 1200-1300 °C. ["Tin: Inorganic chemistry",J L Wardell, Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry ed R. Bruce King, John wiley & Son Ltd., (1995) ISBN 0471936200]


Although SnO2 is insoluble in water, it is an amphoteric oxide, although cassiterite ore has been described as difficult to dissolve in acids and alkalis. "Inorganic & Theoretical chemistry", F. Sherwood Taylor Heineman, 6th Edition (1942)] "Stannic acid" (CAS RN 13472-47-4) refers to hydrated tin dioxide, SnO2, which is also called "stannic hydroxide."

Tin oxides dissolve in acids. Halogen acids attack SnO2 to give hexahalostannates, [Donaldson & Grimes in Chemistry of tin ed. P.G. Harrison Blackie (1989)] e.g. [SnI6] 2. One report describes reacting a sample in refluxing HI for many hours. [cite journal
title = The Action Of Hydriodic Acid On Stannic Oxide
author = Earle R. Caley
journal = J. Am. Chem. Soc.
year = 1932
volume =54
issue = 8
pages = 3240–3243
doi = 10.1021/ja01347a028
] :mathrm{SnO_2 + 6 HI longrightarrow H_2 [SnI] _6 + 2 H_2O}Similarly, SnO2 dissolves in sulfuric acid to give the sulfate::mathrm{SnO_2 + 2 H_2SO_4 longrightarrow Sn(SO_4)_2 + 2 H_2O}

SnO2 dissolves in strong base to give "stannates," with the nominal formula Na2SnO3. Dissolving the solidified SnO2/NaOH melt in water gives Na2 [Sn(OH)6] 2, "preparing salt," which is used in the dyeing industry.


In conjunction with vanadium oxide, it is used as a catalyst for the oxidation of aromatic compounds in the synthesis of carboxylic acids and acid anhydrides.

Throughout history it has been used as an opacifier in the ceramic industry (where it is just known as tin oxide), especially in earthenware. Tin oxide does not go into solution in the glaze melt, generally amounts of 4-8% are needed. Zircon compounds are also used for this purpose.

SnO2 coatings can be applied using CVD, vapour deposition techniques that employ SnCl4 Greenwood&Earnshaw] or organotin trihalides [Cite patent
] e.g. butyltin trichloride as the volatile agent. This technique is used to coat glass bottles with a thin (<0.1 μm) layer of SnO2, which helps to adhere a subsequent, protective polymer coating such as polyethylene to the glass. Thicker layers doped with Sb or F ions are electrically conducting and used in electroluminescent devices.SnO2 has been used as pigment in the manufacture of glasses, enamels and ceramic glazes. Pure SnO2 gives a milky white colour; other colours are achieved when mixed with other metallic oxides e.g. V2O5 yellow; Cr2O3 pink; and Sb2O5 grey blue.SnO2 has been used as a polishing powder and is sometimes known as "putty powder", SnO2 is used in sensors of combustible gases. In these the sensor area is heated to a constant temperature (low 100s °C) and in the presence of a combustible gas the electrical resistivity drops. [ Joseph Watson The stannic oxide semiconductor gas sensor in The Electrical engineering Handbook 3d Edition; Sensors Nanoscience Biomedical Engineering and Instruments ed R.C Dorf CRC Press Taylor and Francis ISBN 084937 34 68]
Doping with various compounds has been investigated (e.g. with CuO [cite journal
title = Microstructural Morphology and Electrical Properties of Copper- and Niobium-Doped Tin Dioxide Polycrystalline Varistors
author = Wang, Chun-Ming; Wang, Jin-Feng; Su, Wen-Bin
journal = Journal of the American Ceramic Society
year = 2006
volume =89
issue = 8
pages = 2502–2508
doi = 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2006.01076.x
] ). Doping with Cobalt + Manganese, gives a material that can be used in e.g. high voltage varistors. [cite journal
title = Evaluation of Rare Earth Oxides doping SnO2.(Co0.25,Mn0.75)O-based Varistor System
author = Dibb A., Cilense M, Bueno P.R, Maniette Y., Varela J.A., Longo E.
journal = Materials Research
year = 2006
volume =9
issue = 3
pages = 339–343
doi =10.1590/S1516-14392006000300015
] Tin dioxide can be doped into the oxides of iron or manganese. [cite journal
title = Development of high-temperature ferromagnetism in SnO2 and paramagnetism in SnO by Fe doping
author = A. Punnoose, J. Hays, A. Thurber, M. H. Engelhard, R. K. Kukkadapu, C. Wang, V. Shutthanandan, and S. Thevuthasan
journal = Phys. Rev. B
year = 2005
volume = 72
issue = 8
pages = 054402
doi = 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.054402


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