Agent Name

Rubidium

CAS Number

7440-17-7

Formula

Rb

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Rubidium [UN1423] [Dangerous when wet]; UN1423; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Elements, Metallic

Description

A soft and silver-like metal; Tarnishes in air; Reacts violently with water; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used in electronics; [CAMEO] Mineral sources include lepidolite, carnallite, pollucite, and natural springs and brines; [Hawley]

Comments

A very reactive alkali metal similar to potassium and cesium; [Sax] Reacts with air and water and must be stored in kerosene or similar liquid; Metal can cause serious skin burns; [Hawley]

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

mp = 39.5 deg C; [Sax]

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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