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This template allows you to render chemical formula's using HTML. Alternatively, you can use <chem>...</chem>, using mhchem LaTeX notation to generate formulae.

Template instructions[edit source]

This template, {{chem}}, serves to simplify the writing of chemical formulae. For example,

{{chem|H|2|O}}

will yield:

H
2
O

Algebraic expression as subscript[edit source]

Algebraic expressions are rendered as subscripts (but must not contain upper case letters).

{{chem|C|''n''|H|2''n''&nbsp;+&nbsp;2}}

gives

C
n
H
2n + 2

Charge[edit source]

Ion charge superscripts (for: +/-) are also supported:

{{chem|H|3|O|+}}

yields a "+" as superscript:

H
3
O+

Simultaneous subscripts/superscripts are automatically handled (use a hyphen for the minus sign):

{{chem|SO|4|2-}}

gives "2-" as superscript:

SO2−
4

The hyphen is converted to a true minus sign.

Atomic number and mass number[edit source]

The first parameter can be used for mass number.

{{chem|4|He}}

gives:

4
He

The first two parameters can be used for mass number and atomic number.

{{chem|4|2|He}}

gives:

4
2
He
Note
Only the first two parameters can handle two consecutive plain numbers (i.e. without a plus sign or a hyphen (+ or -) following). Otherwise the template will loop.
See also {{Nuclide2}}

Linking[edit source]

The optional parameter link changes the formula into a link. For example:

{{chem|link=water|H|2|O}}

will yield:

H
2
O

Individual elements can be linked in the following manner:

{{chem|[[Hydrogen|H]]|2|[[Oxygen|O]]}} 

gives

H
2
O

Notes[edit source]

  • To include "=" in the formula, use "&#61;" For example, "{{chem|CH|2|&#61;CH|2}}" yields CH
    2
    =CH
    2
    .
    • Or, don't use this template. For example, "CH<sub>2</sub>=CH<sub>2</sub>" yields CH2=CH2.
  • To include "≡" in the formula, use "≡" For example, "{{chem|HC&#8801;CH}}" yields HC≡CH.
  • The template accepts up to twenty parameters in addition to link.
  • This template uses {{su}}.

See also[edit source]

TemplateData[edit source]

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for Chem

Render chemical formula's using HTML. Alternatively, you can use <chem>...</chem>, using mhchem LaTeX notation to generate formulae. Up to 25 unnamed ordered parameters can be used with automatic detection of subscripts and superscripts.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Linklink

Make the formula link to an article

Example
Water
Page nameoptional