Meaning of aluminium chloride in English:

aluminium chloride


(US aluminum chloride)
  • A white solid which fumes in moist air and reacts violently with water, and is widely used as a catalyst, especially to promote alkylation or acylation by the Friedel-Crafts reaction.

    Formula: AlCl₃; in liquid form, it exists as a dimer, Al₂Cl₆. Aluminium chloride is often contaminated with trace amounts of iron trichloride which can make it appear yellow.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Chemical News.