Agent Name

Dimethylaluminum chloride

CAS Number

1184-58-3

Formula

C2-H6-Al-Cl

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Aluminum, chlorodimethyl-; Dimethylaluminium chloride; [ChemIDplus] Chlorodimethylaluminum; Dimethylchloroaluminum; Me2AlCl; [Merck Index] UN3394

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Description

White liquid; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Used as a reagent and catalyst in organic chemistry; [Merck Index]

Comments

Reacts violently with water; Corrosive and pyrophoric; [Merck Index] Pyrophoric; Reacts violently with water evolving flammable gases; Causes burns; Inhalation may cause corrosive injuries to upper respiratory tract and lungs; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Trimethylaluminum," "Methyl aluminum sesquibromide," and "Chlorodiethylaluminum."

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Organometallic substance, liquid, pyrophoric, water-reactive."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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