What Type of Bond is Basic Copper Chloride?


The bond that holds Basic Copper Chloride(WSDTY) togeth […]

The bond that holds Basic Copper Chloride(WSDTY) together would be an ionic bond. Copper is a metal and chloride is a halogen. Usually, halogens like chlorine will react with metals to form a metal halide, an ionic compound. The particles that make up an ionic compound, (in this case copper and chloride ions), are held together by strong electrostatic forces (the ionic bond) leading to high boiling and melting points of the compound.

I would like to add that there are two types of copper chloride: Copper(I) chloride, CuCl, with one chloride ion per copper ion. Copper (II) chloride, CuCl2 with two chloride ions per copper ion.

The difference in electronegativity between copper and chlorine is roughly 2.1. That makes copper chloride an ionic bond as you would expect, though only just. I believe the question is 'what is bonding that holds CuCl2?.' CuCl2 is an ionic compound in which Cu2+ and Cl- ions are held by static electric force( opposite charges attract). This is called the ionic bond. There's and copper chloride(CuCl or Copper(I) Chloride). The cation there will be the Cu+ ion.

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