Perovskite

March 01, 2021
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Perovskite is a mineral that consists of calcium titanate (CaTiO3), also known as calcium titanium oxide. CaTiO3 is colorless, but perovskite takes on the colors of various impurities, such as iron and copper. The mineral occurs as orthorhombic crystals.

University of Berlin mineralogist Gustavus Rose discovered perovskite in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1839. He named the substance after Russian mineralogist and nobleman Lev Perovski.

The name “perovskite” is also used broadly for compounds with the structure ABX3, in which A is a metal with oxidation state 2+; B is a metal with oxidation state 4+; and X is a nonmetal, usually oxygen, with oxidation state 2–. Minerals composed of these compounds are likewise called perovskites.

Perovskite, along with the minerals rutile and ilmenite, is valuable as a titanium ore. In addition to Russia, it occurs in such diverse locations as Switzerland, Italy, and Arkansas.

Many oxides with the perovskite structure have physical and chemical properties that make them useful in electronic devices. Their characteristics include electrical conductivity; oxide ion mobility through crystal lattices; thermal and chemical stability; and supermagnetic, photocatalytic, thermoelectric, and dielectric properties. CaTiO3 in particular exhibits strong electrical and ionic conductivity.

Perovskite hazard information

Hazard class* Hazard statement
Not a hazardous substance or mixture  

*Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

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Perovskite
fast facts

CAS Reg. No. 12194-71-7
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nomenclature
Perovskite [Ca(TiO3)]
Empirical formula CaO3Ti
Molar mass 135.94 g/mol
Appearance Black, brown, yellow, or orange crystals
Melting point 1975 ºC
Water solubility Insoluble
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