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Sodium borohydride

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powder, ≥98.0%

Synonym(s):
Sodium tetrahydridoborate
Linear Formula:
NaBH4
CAS Number:
Molecular Weight:
37.83
EC Number:
MDL number:
PubChem Substance ID:
NACRES:
NA.22

Quality Level

assay

≥98.0%

form

powder

contains

0.45-0.70% Magnesium carbonate as anticaking agent

reaction suitability

reagent type: reductant

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impurities

≤100 ppm Silica

mp

>300 °C (dec.) (lit.)

cation traces

Fe: ≤5 ppm

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SMILES string

[BH4-].[Na+]

InChI

1S/BH4.Na/h1H4;/q-1;+1

InChI key

YOQDYZUWIQVZSF-UHFFFAOYSA-N

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General description

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Sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is the most commonly available borohydride, synthesized by reacting methylborate with sodium hydride in mineral oil. It is employed as a precursor for producing other metal borohydrides. Various approaches for qualitative and quantitative monitoring of sodium borohydride have been explained. The potential of NaBH4 to store as well as generate hydrogen for fuel cells has been investigated.

Application

Sodium borohydride can be used as a reducing agent:        
  • To prepare saturated alcohols by the reduction of conjugated aldehydes and ketones.        
  • Along with Raney nickel for the reduction of aromatic nitro compounds to arylamines.        
  • In the synthesis of secondary amines by reductive amination of ketones and aldehydes in the presence of an acid catalyst.       
  • In the synthesis of δ and γ lactones by the reduction of cyclic anhydrides.       
  • For the chemoselective reduction of N -protected amino acids and peptides to corresponding alcohols.

Packaging

2 kg in steel drum
5, 25, 100, 500 g in poly bottle

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Signal Word

Danger

Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 3 Oral - Eye Dam. 1 - Repr. 1B - Skin Corr. 1B - Water-react. 1

Supplementary Hazards

Storage Class Code

4.3 - Hazardous materials, which set free flammable gases upon contact with water

WGK

WGK 2

Flash Point(F)

156.2 °F

Flash Point(C)

69 °C

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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Articles

Metal Borohydrides as Hydrogen Storage Materials

An article about metal borohydrides as hydrogen storage materials

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