Agent Name

Lithium borohydride

CAS Number

16949-15-8

Formula

B-H4.Li

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Borate(1-), tetrahydro-, lithium; Lithium tetrahydroborate; [ChemIDplus] Lithium boron hydride; Lithium hydroborate (LiBH4); Lithium tetrahydroborate(1-); [CAMEO] Tetrahydroborate(1-) lithium; [RTECS] UN1413

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

White to greyish solid; [CAMEO] White odorless powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a reducing agent and to determine carboxyl groups in peptides; [Merck Index]

Comments

Causes somnolence, convulsions, and ulceration or bleeding from the stomach in oral lethal-dose studies of mice; [RTECS] Decomposed by moist air; A strong reducing agent; Dangerous when wet; [Merck Index] May ignite if moistened with water; [CAMEO] Reacts violently with water evolving highly flammable gases; Causes burns; Inhalation may cause corrosive injuries to upper respiratory tract and lungs; Toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC50 (unspecified mammal species) = 80 mg/m3

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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