Chlorine (Cl) – Periodic Table (Element Information & More)

Chlorine (Cl) element Periodic table

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Chlorine Element (Cl) Information

Appearance of ChlorinePale yellow-green gas
State of Chlorine at STPGas
Position of Chlorine in Periodic tablechlorine in periodic table (Position)
Group: 17, Period: 3, Block: p
Category of Chlorine elementchlorine element category
Atomic number of Chlorine, or 
Protons in Chlorine
Neutrons in Chlorine18
Electrons in Chlorine17
Symbol of ChlorineCl
Atomic mass of Chlorine Chlorine (Cl) atomic mass
35.45 u
Electrons arrangement in Chlorine


Bohr model of Chlorine
Bohr model of chlorine (Electrons arrangement in chlorine, Cl)
2, 8, 7
Electronic configuration of Chlorine[Ne] 3s2 3p5
Atomic radius of Chlorinechlorine (Cl) atomic radius
175 picometers (van der Waals radius)
Valence electrons in ChlorineValence electrons in Chlorine (Cl)
1st Ionization energy of Chlorine12.968 eV
Electronegativity of Chlorine Electronegativity of Chlorine (Cl)
3.16 (Pauling scale)
Crystal structure of Chlorinecrystal structure of chlorine
Melting point of Chlorine (Cl2)171.6 K or -101.5 °C or -105.7 °F
Boiling point of Chlorine (Cl2)239.11 K or -34.04 °C or -29.27 °F
Density of Chlorine 3.214 g/L
Main isotope of Chlorine35Cl and 37Cl
Who discovered Chlorine and when?Who discovered chlorine and when?
Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1774
CAS number of (Cl2)7782-50-5

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Chlorine in Periodic table

Chlorine element is in group 17 and period 3 of the Periodic table. Chlorine is the p-block element and it belongs to halogens group.

H He
Li Be B C N O F Ne
Na Mg Al Si P S Cl Ar
K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr
Rb Sr Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I Xe
Cs Ba La* Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn
Fr Ra Ac** Rf Db Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Nh Fl Mc Lv Ts Og
*Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu
**Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr

Why is Chlorine in Group 17?

Why is Chlorine in Group 17

Do you know, how many electrons can be accommodated in the first shell, second shell, third shell, fourth shell, etc…?

Here is the table showing the capacity of orbits to hold electrons. 

Number of electrons in shells.

Orbit / Shell (n)Maximum no. of electrons this orbit can hold
K shell, n = 12 × 1² = 2
L shell, n = 22 × 2² = 8
M shell, n = 32 × 3² = 18
N shell, n = 42 × 4² = 32


  • 1st shell can hold 2 electrons.
  • 2nd shell can hold 8 electrons.
  • 3rd shell can hold 18 electrons.
  • 4th shell can hold 32 electrons.

Now the atomic number of chlorine (Cl) is 17.

Hence the chlorine element has electrons arrangement 2, 8, 7.

This electron arrangement indicates that the outermost orbit of chlorine element (Cl) has 7 electrons.

Hence, it lies in group 17.

Why is Chlorine in Period 3?

Why is Chlorine in Period 3

Let me ask you a question.

How many shells does chlorine have?

It’s 3. Right? 

You have already seen the bohr model of chlorine element in the above table.

From the Bohr model, it can be found that the number of orbits or shells in chlorine is 3. Hence, as chlorine has 3 orbits, it lies in period 3 of the Periodic table. 

Why is Chlorine in p-block?

Why is Chlorine in p-block

Before knowing this reason, first of all I want to ask you a simple question.

How can you determine the blocks-wise position of elements?

The simple answer: The elements will lie in the s, p, d or f block will completely depend upon the subshell in which the last electron will enter.

For example; the electron configuration of chlorine is [Ne] 3s2 3p5

So the last electron of chlorine enters the p-subshell or p-orbital.

Hence, chlorine is the p-block element.

7 Interesting facts about Chlorine

Interesting facts about chlorine are mentioned below.

  1. The name “chlorine” was derived from the Greek word “khloros” which means “greenish-yellow” color. This is because chlorine exists as a greenish-yellow colored gas.
  2. Chlorine is always found as a diatomic molecule (i.e Cl2).
  3. The oceans of the earth contain an excess amount of chlorine (which is present in NaCl dissolved in water). This makes chlorine the 3rd most abundant element in the earth’s crust.
  4. If we talk about the abundance of chlorine in the earth’s crust, then chlorine is the 21st most abundant element.
  5. Human body also contains chlorine element.
  6. Chlorine is the 2nd lightest halogen present on the periodic table (the lightest halogen is fluorine).
  7. Human body intake chlorine from table salt (i.e NaCl) but inhaling pure chlorine gas is very toxic.

Properties of Chlorine

The physical and chemical properties of chlorine element are mentioned below.

Physical properties of Chlorine

Physical properties of chlorine are mentioned below.

  • Chlorine is a pale yellow-green colored gas having a strong smell.
  • The melting point of diatomic chlorine gas (Cl2) is -101.5 °C and it’s boiling point is -34.04 °C.
  • Density of chlorine gas is 3.214 g/L which is far more than the density of the atmospheric gases of the earth.

Chemical properties of Chlorine

Chemical properties of chlorine are mentioned below.

  • Chlorine is chemically reactive and hence it is not found in a free state, but it is always found as a compound with other elements (for example, NaCl, HCl, etc).
  • Chlorine has high electronegativity and higher electron affinity, so it reacts with almost all the elements except with lighter noble gases.
  • Chlorine is a non explosive and non flammable gas.
  • Chlorine reacts with ammonia and forms white mist. Hence the leakage of chlorine gas from the containers can be detected by using ammonia in this way.
  • Chlorine is also used to make drinking water safe from microorganisms.
  • Electrolysis of salt water can produce chlorine gas.
  • The chlorine present in CFC destroys the ozone molecules and hence it should be handled very carefully.

Uses of Chlorine

Uses of chlorine are mentioned below.

  • In earlier days, chlorine was used as a chemical weapon as it can burn the skin.
  • Chlorine element is used in manufacturing of paper, plastics, textiles, dies, etc.
  • It is also used in manufacturing of medicines, disinfectants as well as insecticides.
  • Chlorine is added to the swimming pool water to keep it clean.
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the highly used polymer which contains chlorine in it.

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