Rubidium telluride

Rubidium Telluride

Rubidium telluride

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Rubidium telluride or Rb<sub>2</sub>Te is a chemical compound of the elements rubidium and tellurium. It is a difficult compound to synthesize; this is in part due to the instability of the substance(Stöwe).

Rubidium telluride is prepared from the elements in liquid ammonia. It is a yellow-green powder that melts congruently at 775 °C (or 880 °C as two different values are reported).

This compound is very rare and there for are a limited number of suppliers. Pfaltz and Bauer sells Rb<sub>2</sub>Te for approximately 760 USD per gram (2010).

Rubidium telluride has found some uses as UV detectors in space.


  • Stöwe, K. and Appel S; Agnew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2002, 41(5), p.&nbsp;2726.
  • Sangester J. and Pelton AD; Journal of Phase Equilibria, 1997, 18(4) p.&nbsp;394.

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