Bismuth Selenide



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Compound Formula Bi2Se3
Molecular Weight 654.84
Appearance Dull Grey
Melting Point 706 °C (1303 °F)
Boiling Point N/A
Density 6.82 g/cm3
Exact Mass 657.710331
Monoisotopic Mass 657.710388 Da

Health & Safety Info  |  MSDS / SDS

Signal Word Danger
Hazard Statements H301-H331-H373-H410
Hazard Codes N/A
Risk Codes N/A
Safety Statements N/A
RTECS Number N/A
Transport Information N/A
WGK Germany 3
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) N/A


Selenide IonBismuth Selenide is a crystalline solid used as a semiconductor and in photo optic applications. American Elements produces to many standard grades when applicable, including Mil Spec (military grade); ACS, Reagent and Technical Grade; Food, Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Grade; Optical Grade, USP and EP/BP (European Pharmacopoeia/British Pharmacopoeia) and follows applicable ASTM testing standards. Typical and custom packaging is available. Additional technical, research and safety (MSDS) information is available as is a Reference Calculator for converting relevant units of measurement.


Bismuth(3+) selenide (2:3), guanajuatite, selenium; selenoxobismuth, Bismuth(III) selenide, selanylidenebismuth; selenium, dibismuth selenium(2-), Dibismuth triselenide, selenium; selenoxobismuth

Chemical Identifiers

Formula Bi2Se3
CAS 12068-69-8
Pubchem CID 6379269
MDL MFCD00014200
EC No. 235-104-7
IUPAC Name selenium; selenoxobismuth
Beilstein Registry No. N/A
SMILES [BiH3+3].[BiH3+3].[Se-2].[Se-2].[Se-2]
InchI Identifier InChI=1S/2Bi.3Se/q2*+3;3*-2

Packaging Specifications

Typical bulk packaging includes palletized plastic 5 gallon/25 kg. pails, fiber and steel drums to 1 ton super sacks in full container (FCL) or truck load (T/L) quantities. Research and sample quantities and hygroscopic, oxidizing or other air sensitive materials may be packaged under argon or vacuum. Shipping documentation includes a Certificate of Analysis and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Solutions are packaged in polypropylene, plastic or glass jars up to palletized 440 gallon liquid totes.

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BiSee more Bismuth products. Bismuth (atomic symbol: Bi, atomic number: 83) is a Block P, Group 15, Period 6 element with an atomic radius of 208.98040. The number of electrons in each of Bismuth's shells is 2, 8, 18, 32, 18, 5 and its electron configuration is [Xe] 4f14 5d10 6s2 6p3. Bismuth Bohr ModelThe bismuth atom has a radius of 156 pm and a Van der Waals radius of 207 pm. In its elemental form, bismuth is a silvery white brittle metal. Bismuth is the most diamagnetic of all metals and, with the exception of mercury, its thermal conductivity is lower than any other metal. Elemental BismuthBismuth has a high electrical resistance, and has the highest Hall Effect of any metal (i.e., greatest increase in electrical resistance when placed in a magnetic field). Bismuth is found in bismuthinite and bismite It is also produced as a byproduct of lead, copper, tin, molybdenum and tungsten extraction. Bismuth was first discovered by Early Man. The name Bismuth originates from the German word 'wissmuth,' meaning white mass.

SeSee more Selenium products. Selenium (atomic symbol: Se, atomic number: 34) is a Block P, Group 16, Period 4 element with an atomic radius of 78.96. The number of electrons in each of Selenium's shells is 2, 8, 18, 6 and its electron configuration is [Ar] 3d10 4s2 4p4. The selenium atom has a radius of 120 pm and a Van der Waals radius of 190 pm. Selenium is a non-metal with several allotropes: a black, vitreous form with an irregular crystal structure three red-colored forms with monoclinic crystal structures and a gray form with a hexagonal crystal structure, the most stable and dense form of the element. One of the mose common uses for selenium is in glass production the red tint that it lends to glass neutralizes green or yellow tints from impurities in the glass materials. Selenium was discovered and first isolated by Jöns Jakob Berzelius and Johann Gottlieb Gahn in 1817. The origin of the name Selenium comes from the Greek word "Selênê," meaning moon.


Recent Research & Development for Selenium

  • The Evolving Versatility of Selenium in Biology. Brigelius-Flohé R. Antioxid Redox Signal. 9/30/2015
  • Randomised controlled trial of the effect of long-term selenium supplementation on plasma cholesterol in an elderly Danish population. Cold F, Winther KH, Pastor-Barriuso R, Rayman MP, Guallar E, Nybo M, Griffin BA, Stranges S, Cold S. Br J Nutr. 9/30/2015
  • Importance of selenium and selenoprotein for brain function: From antioxidant protection to neuronal signalling. Solovyev ND. J Inorg Biochem. 9/29/2015
  • Effects of Selenium Yeast on Oxidative Stress, Growth Inhibition, and Apoptosis in Human Breast Cancer Cells. Guo CH, Hsia S, Shih MY, Hsieh FC, Chen PC. Int J Med Sci. 9/28/2015
  • Selenium-Platinum Coordination Dendrimers with Controlled Anti-Cancer Activity. Li T, Smet M, Dehaen W, Xu H. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 9/28/2015
  • Selenium Nanoparticles for Stress-Resilient Fish and Livestock. Sarkar B, Bhattacharjee S, Daware A, Tribedi P, Krishnani KK, Minhas PS. Nanoscale Res Lett. 9/23/2015
  • Feasibility of measuring selenium in humans using in vivo neutron activation analysis. Tahir SN, Chettle DR, Byun SH, Prestwich WV. Physiol Meas. 9/21/2015
  • Deficient and excess dietary selenium levels affect growth performance, blood cells apoptosis and liver HSP70 expression in juvenile yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco. Hu JR, Huang YH, Wang GX, Wu YX, Xian JA, Wang AL, Cao JM. Fish Physiol Biochem. 9/16/2015
  • Influence of bioaccessibility of total mercury, methyl-mercury and selenium on the risk/benefit associated to the consumption of raw and cooked blue shark (Prionace glauca). Matos J, Lourenço HM, Brito P, Maulvault AL, Martins LL, Afonso C. Environ Res. 9/7/2015
  • Selenium-Substituted Hydroxyapatite/Biodegradable Polymer/Pamidronate Combined Scaffold for the Therapy of Bone Tumour. Oledzka E, Sobczak M, Kolmas J, Nalecz-Jawecki G. Int J Mol Sci. 9/5/2015

Recent Research & Development for Bismuth

  • Bio-coordination of bismuth in Helicobacter pylori revealed by immobilized metal affinity chromatography. Wang Y, Tsang CN, Xu F, Kong PW, Hu L, Wang J, Chu IK, Li H, Sun H. Chem Commun (Camb). 10/7/2015
  • Watt-level, continuous-wave bismuth-doped all-fiber laser operating at 1.7???m. Firstov SV, Alyshev SV, Riumkin KE, Melkumov MA, Medvedkov OI, Dianov EM. Opt Lett. 10/1/2015
  • Lead Migration from Toys by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry using a Bismuth Film Electrode. Leal MF, Catarino RI, Pimenta AM, Souto MR, Afonso CS, Fernandes AF. Arch Environ Occup Health. 9/30/2015
  • Bismuth, lansoprazole, amoxicillin and metronidazole or clarithromycin as first-line Helicobacter pylori therapy. Zhang W, Chen Q, Liang X, Liu W, Xiao S, Graham DY, Lu H. Gut. 9/30/2015
  • Direct Observation of Melting in Shock-Compressed Bismuth With Femtosecond X-ray Diffraction. Gorman MG, Briggs R, McBride EE, Higginbotham A, Arnold B, Eggert JH, Fratanduono DE, Galtier E, Lazicki AE, Lee HJ, Liermann HP, Nagler B, Rothkirch A, Smith RF, Swift DC, Collins GW, Wark JS, McMahon MI. Phys Rev Lett. 9/23/2015
  • Magnetoresistance in the Spin-Orbit Kondo State of Elemental Bismuth. Craco L, Leoni S. Sci Rep. 9/9/2015
  • Bismuth and chromium co-doped strontium titanates and their photocatalytic properties under visible light irradiation. Lv M, Xie Y, Wang Y, Sun X, Wu F, Chen H, Wang S, Shen C, Chen Z, Ni S, Liu G, Xu X. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 7/2/2015
  • Single Unit Cell Bismuth Tungstate Layers Realizing Robust Solar CO2 Reduction to Methanol. Liang L, Lei F, Gao S, Sun Y, Jiao X, Wu J, Qamar S, Xie Y. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 5/28/2015
  • Bismuth Entrapped in Mesoporous Carbon for the Simultaneous Measurement of Pb, Cd and Zn. Hu X, Miao Y, Zhou S, Liang X. J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 3/18/2015
  • Temperature-induced phase changes in bismuth oxides and efficient photodegradation of phenol and p-chlorophenol. Hu Y, Li D, Sun F, Weng Y, You S, Shao Y. J Hazard Mater. 3/13/2013

Recent Research & Development for Selenides

  • Carrier multiplication detected through transient photocurrent in device-grade films of lead selenide quantum dots. Gao J, Fidler AF, Klimov VI. Nat Commun. 9/29/2015
  • Improved Photoelectrochemical Cell Performance of Tin Oxide with Functionalized-Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes-Cadmium Selenide Sensitizer. Bhande SS, Ambade RB, Shinde DV, Ambade SB, Patil S, Naushad M, Mane RS, Alothman ZA, Lee SH, Han SH. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 9/28/2015
  • [Optical Constants Determination of Zinc Selenide by Inversing Transmittance Spectrogram Transmittance Spectra Measurement and Thermal Radiative Physical Parameters Inversion of Diesel Fuel]. Li D, Qi HB, Wu GZ. Guang Pu Xue Yu Guang Pu Fen Xi. 9/24/2015
  • Red-to-Ultraviolet Emission Tuning of Two-Dimensional Gallium Sulfide/Selenide. Jung CS, Shojaei F, Park K, Oh JY, Im HS, Jang DM, Park J, Kang HS. ACS Nano. 9/23/2015
  • Lead selenide-Titanium dioxide heteronanojunction formation by photocatalytic current doubling-induced two-step photodeposition technique. Tanaka K, Jin-Nouchi Y, Fujishima M, Tada H. J Colloid Interface Sci. 9/21/2015
  • Using different chemical methods for deposition of copper selenide thin films and comparison of their characterization. Güzeldir B, Sa?lam M. Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 9/17/2015
  • Ba2AsGaSe5: A New Quaternary Selenide with the Novel [AsGaSe5]4- Cluster and Interesting Photocatalytic Properties. Li C, Li X, Huang H, Yao J, Wu Y. Inorg Chem. 8/25/2015
  • Independent Composition and Size Control for Highly Luminescent Indium-Rich Silver Indium Selenide Nanocrystals. Yarema O, Yarema M, Bozyigit D, Lin WM, Wood VC. ACS Nano. 7/21/2015
  • Ultrasensitive sensing platform for platelet-derived growth factor BB detection based on layered molybdenum selenide-graphene composites and Exonuclease III assisted signal amplification. Huang KJ, Shuai HL, Zhang JZ. Biosens Bioelectron. 7/17/2015
  • Multiple-exciton generation in lead selenide nanorod solar cells with external quantum efficiencies exceeding 120. Davis NJ, Böhm ML, Tabachnyk M, Wisnivesky-Rocca-Rivarola F, Jellicoe TC, Ducati C, Ehrler B, Greenham NC. Nat Commun. 7/12/2015

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