Is BeCl2 a polar or nonpolar substance?

Beryllium chloride, also known as BeCl2, is an inorganic chemical compound with the formula BeCl2. It’s a solid white-green material with a strong stench. It dissolves in a variety of polar liquids. Many pupils may be unsure whether or not beryllium chloride is polar. In this essay, I’ll provide a response to that question as well as discuss its qualities and applications.

Is BeCl2 polar or nonpolar, then? Because of its symmetrical (linear-shaped) geometry, BeCl2 (Beryllium chloride) is non-polar. Despite the fact that the Be-Cl link is polar and has a net dipole, the overall BeCl2 molecule is non-polar because the dipoles of both Be-Cl bonds are equal and opposite and cancel each other out, resulting in a zero dipole moment.

Beryllium chloride exists as yellow-white solid crystals at ordinary temperatures and pressures.

The interaction of beryllium metal with chlorine produces this chemical at high temperatures.

The reaction that produces beryllium chloride is shown below.

Be + Cl2 (chlorine) ——heat——-> BeCl2

Beryllium chloride has a chemical composition of one beryllium atom and two chlorine atoms.

The molecule BeCl2 has a molecular mass of 79.92 g/mol.

It can be calculated using the formula:

2* 35.4(mol mass of Cl) + 1 * 9(mol mass of Be) = 79.92 g/mol of BeCl2.

Beryllium has an electronegativity of 1.57, while chlorine has an electronegativity of 3.16. The electronegativity difference between Be and Cl is 1.59 units.

The Be-Cl bond produced is polar due to the difference in electronegativity of Be and Cl atoms.

In other words, there is a non-uniform charge distribution over the Be-Cl bond.

Because chlorine is more electronegative than beryllium, it draws the bound electron pair to its side, gaining partial negative charge while beryllium obtains relative positive charge.

And because the BeCl2 molecule has a linear geometric structure, the dipoles created across Be-Cl bonds are equal and opposite, cancelling each other out.

As a result, Becl2 is a non-polar molecule in its whole.

What Is the Difference Between Polar and Nonpolar Molecules?

A molecule’s polarity is determined by a number of factors, including atom electronegativity, molecule structure, and dipole moment.

Interatomic forces hold a molecule together within itself. Covalent, ionic, metallic, and hydrogen bonding are the forces at work.

Depending on the following criteria, covalent bonds can be polar or non-polar.

Polar Molecules: The term ‘polar’ refers to the poles that a molecule generates. Within each polar molecule, two poles (positive and negative) are produced.

The dipole moment of these molecules is greater than zero. The charge distribution of the atoms in such molecules is unequal.

If the electronegativity of both atoms differs, the covalent bond formed by them is said to be polar.

Because it has a bigger influence on the bound electron pair, a higher electronegative atom obtains partial negative charge.

Ethanol, PCl5, and other polar compounds are examples. You can also look into the explanation for Ethanol’s polarity.

Nonpolar Molecules are those that do not have any poles produced across them. The non-polar molecule’s atoms have a homogeneous charge distribution.

If the electronegativity of both atoms is identical, the covalent bond produced by the two atoms is said to be non-polar.

Note that polar bonds can exist within a non-polar molecule because the polarity of the bonds cancels out due to the symmetric geometrical structure.

Hexane, CCl4, and other nonpolar compounds are examples. You can also look into the explanation for CCl4’s non-polarity.

BeCl2 is a non-polar chemical for a reason.

One beryllium atom and two chlorine atoms make up a molecule of beryllium chloride. The core Be atom is ringed on both sides by two chlorine atoms.

The electronegativity of atoms forming a covalent bond is a crucial element for determining whether or not the bond is polar.

There is a 1.59 unit difference in electronegativity between Beryllium and chlorine atoms. The Be-Cl bond becomes polar and has a net dipole moment as a result of this discrepancy.

When it comes to the molecule’s shape, the beCl2 is linear (symmetric in shape). As a result, the equal and opposite polarity of both Be-Cl bonds cancel each other out, leaving a nonpolar overall molecule behind.

The geometrical geometry of the Beryllium chloride molecule is depicted below.

Factors that influence a molecule’s polarity

Electronegativity is a word that describes an atom’s ability to attract bound electron pairs to its side.

Because of the unequal sharing of electrons across the link, two atoms with different electronegativity form a polar bond.

The bonded electron pair is drawn closer to the atom’s side as it becomes more electronegative, and the atom obtains partial negative charge and becomes a negative pole.

A positive pole is formed when one of the atoms gets a partial positive charge.

The difference between the electronegativity of both atoms determines the polarity of a molecule.

Geometrical shape: a molecule’s shape is an important physical component that can determine whether or not a molecule is polar.

Because the atoms share an unequal fraction of charge, asymmetric molecules are typically nonpolar in nature.

In addition, because they have a uniform charge distribution, symmetric molecules are nonpolar in nature. And if these molecules contain polar bonds within them, the polarity is cancelled by each other.

Check out the page BeCl2 Lewis Structure, Geometry, and Hybridization for more information on its bonding and electronic geometry.

The dipole moment is a measurement of a molecule’s polarity. A molecule’s polarity is proportional to its dipole moment value.

It’s the sum of the charge on atoms and their distance apart. Its SI unit is Debye, and it is symbolised by the letter D.

Q * R = D

BeCl2’s Characteristics

At normal temperature, beryllium chloride is a yellow-white crystalline crystal.

It has a strong and pungent odour.

This material has a melting point of 399 °C (750 °F) and a boiling point of 482 °C (900 °F).

BeCl2 has a density of 1.899 g/cm3 in its solid state.

It can be dissolved in benzene, ether, and alcohol.

BeCl2’s Applications

Beryllium chloride is used in beryllium electrolysis.

It’s also utilised in Friedel-Crafts reactions as a catalyst.


Beryllium chloride is a molecule with a linear structure. Because the electronegativity of the Be and Cl atoms in the molecule differs, the Be-Cl bond becomes polar.

Because of the molecule’s linear structure, the polarity of both bonds cancels out, resulting in a nonpolar BeCl2 molecule.

Guys, feel free to ask any questions you have on the non-polarity of the BeCl2 molecule in the comments area. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Read more: Hybridization, Lewis Structure, and Molecular Geometry of BCl3

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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