3D model (JSmol)
|Conjugate acid||Hydrogen telluride|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
The acid hydride of tellurium, hydrogen telluride, H2Te, is an unstable compound that decomposes to tellurium metal. It is strongly acidic, dissociating into a hydrogen telluride ion (HTe-) in aqueous solutions. Like its sulfide and selenide counterparts, the Te2- anion only exists in aqueous solutions in basic conditions.
Dimethyl telluride is formed by the body when tellurium is ingested. Such compounds are often called telluroethers because they are structurally related to ethers with tellurium replacing oxygen, although the length of the C-Te bond is much longer than a C-O bond. C-Te-C angles tend to be closer to 90°.
Many metal tellurides are known, including some telluride minerals. These include natural gold tellurides, like calaverite and krennerite (AuTe2), and sylvanite (AgAuTe4). Commercially, the tellurides are minor ores of gold, although they comprise the major naturally occurring compounds of gold. (A few other natural compounds of gold, such as the bismuthide maldonite (Au2Bi) and antimonide aurostibite (AuSb2), are known). Although the bonding in such materials is often fairly covalent, they are described casually as salts of Te2−. Using this approach, Ag2Te is derived from Ag+ and Te2-.
Tellurides do not have any great economic importance. Cadmium telluride does however have photovoltaic properties, and both bismuth telluride and lead telluride are exceptional thermoelectric materials, although not commercialized.