Chemical elements
    Physical Properties
    Chemical Properties
    Cuprous Compounds
      Cuprous hydride
      Cuprous fluoride
      Cuprous chloride
      Cuprous bromide
      Cuprous iodide
      Copper suboxide
      Cuprous oxide
      Cuprous hydroxide
      Cuprous sulphide
      Cuprous sulphite
      Cuprous sulphate
      Cuprous selenide
      Cuprous telluride
      Cuprous nitride
      Cuprous phosphide
      Cuprous arsenides
      Cuprous carbide
      Cuprous acetylide
      Cuprous carbonate
      Cuprous cyanide
      Cuprous thiocyanate
      Cuprous silicide
      Cuprous silicofluoride
      Ammonio-cuprous Derivatives
      Carbonyl cuprous sulphate
    Complex Copper Compounds
    Cupric Compounds
    PDB 1a2v-1bxu
    PDB 1bxv-1fwx
    PDB 1g3d-1j9t
    PDB 1jcv-1mfm
    PDB 1mg2-1paz
    PDB 1pcs-1sii
    PDB 1sjm-1w6w
    PDB 1w77-2afn
    PDB 2ahk-2dv6
    PDB 2dws-2ggp
    PDB 2ghz-2mta
    PDB 2nrd-2vm3
    PDB 2vm4-2yah
    PDB 2yam-3bkt
    PDB 3bqv-3fyi
    PDB 3g5w-3mie
    PDB 3mif-3t6v
    PDB 3t6w-9pcy

Cuprous hydride, CuH

Addition of a concentrated solution of cupric sulphate to a solution of hypophosphorous acid or of zinc hypophosphite yields a powder containing 1.22 per cent, of hydrogen, but the chemical individuality of the product is open to question. Berthelot doubted the possibility of the existence of cuprous hydride, CuH, but more recent work has proved his views to be erroneous. The pure hydride can be prepared by the action of sodium hypophosphite on a moderately dilute solution of cupric sulphate at 70° C., but the product formed at ordinary temperature is contaminated with cuprous oxide and cupric phosphate. It is a very unstable, reddish-brown substance, takes fire in chlorine, and is converted by hydrogen chloride into hydrogen, copper, and cuprous chloride. The dry substance cannot be kept for more than twenty-four hours, and at 60° C. decomposes suddenly, leaving a sponge of metallic copper.

A very unstable copper hydride of unknown composition has been prepared in the form of a dark-brown powder by Stock and Kuss by the interaction of cupric sulphate and potassium hypoborate, KH3OB. It decomposes readily, evolving hydrogen, and leaving a brown residue of metallic copper.

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