Agent Name

Methyllithium

CAS Number

917-54-4

Formula

C-H3-Li

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Lithium methide; Lithium, methyl-; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Sources/Uses

"Methyllithium is an organolithium reagent with the empirical formula CH3Li. This s-block organometallic compound adopts an oligomeric structure both in solution and in the solid state. This highly reactive compound, invariably used as a solution in ethers, is a reagent in organic synthesis as well as organometallic chemistry." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Methyllithium is pyrophoric, violently reactive with water (evolves flammable gases), and corrosive; Available in solution of 60-100% cumene (CAS# 98-82-8) and 10-30% tetrahydro-2-methylfuran (CAS# 96-47-9); [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Lithium."

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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