Krypton tetrafluoride
3D model (JSmol)
  • InChI=1S/F4Kr/c1-5(2,3)4
  • [Kr](F)(F)(F)F
Molar mass 159.792 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Krypton(IV) fluoride is a hypothetical inorganic chemical compound of krypton and fluorine with the chemical formula KrF4. At one time researchers thought they had synthesized it, but the claim was discredited.[1] The compound is predicted to be difficult to make and unstable if made.[2] Theoretical analysis indicates KrF4 would have an approximately square planar molecular geometry.[2]


The claimed synthesis was by passing electric discharge through krypton-fluorine mixture:[3]

Kr + 2F2 → KrF4

Physical properties

The claimed compound formed white crystalline solid.[4] Thermally, it is less stable than XeF4.[5]


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