Agent Name

tert-Butyllithium

CAS Number

594-19-4

Formula

C4-H9-Li

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Lithium, (1,1-dimethylethyl)-; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Description

15% n-pentane solution: Yellow liquid; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

"tert-Butyllithium is a chemical compound with the formula (CH3)3CLi. As an organometallic compound, it has applications in organic synthesis (see also Grignard reaction) since it is a sufficiently strong base to deprotonate many carbon acids, including benzene." [Wikipedia]

Comments

15% n-pentane solution: Pyrophoric; Reacts violently with water evolving extremely flammable gases; Causes burns; Harmful by ingestion (may cause lung damage by aspiration); [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Lithium." See "Phenyllithium."

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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