Chemical reactions

Reaction of rhodium with acids

Rhodium does not dissolve in acids, including aqua regia.

Reaction of rhodium with air

Rhodium does not react with with oxygen, O2, under normal conditions. If heated to 600 °C, rhodium is oxidized to Rh(III) oxide:

4 Rh(s) + 3 O2(g) 2 Rh2O3(s) [dark grey]

Reaction of rhodium with halogens

Rhenium react with fluorine, F2, forming rhodium(VI) fluoride, RhF6. If heated, the hexafluoride is transformed to the tetrameric rhodium(V) fluoride, [RhF5]4.

Rh(s) + 3 F2(g) RhF6(s) [black]
4 RhF6(s) [RhF5]4(s) [dark red] + 2 F2(g)

Under dry conditions, rhodium(III) fluoride can be formed:

2 Rh(s) + 3 F2(g) 2 RhF6(s) [red]

Rhenium react with chlorine, Cl2 and bromine, Br2, forming the corresponding rhodium(III) halides:

2 Rh(s) + 3 Cl2(g) 2 RhCl6(s) [red]
2 Rh(s) + 3 Br2(g) 2 RhBr6(s) [red-brown]

Reaction of rhodium with water

Rhodium does not react with water under normal conditions.