Agent Name

Sodium aluminum hydride

CAS Number

13770-96-2

Formula

Al-H4.Na

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Aluminate(1-), tetrahydro-, sodium; Aluminate(1-), tetrahydro-, sodium, (T-4)-; Aluminum sodium hydride; SAH 22; Sodium aluminum tetrahydride; Sodium tetrahydroaluminate; Sodium tetrahydroaluminate(1-); [ChemIDplus] UN2835

Category

Metal Hydrides

Description

White solid; Highly moisture sensitive; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Used as a reducing agent; [Hawley]

Comments

Hydrides of aluminum react with moisture producing caustic aluminum hydroxide; [Sax] Decomposes releasing hydrogen at >183 deg C; [Hawley] May ignite or explode on contact with moisture; Reacts with water producing sodium hydroxide and hydrogen; [CAMEO] Reacts with water forming extremely flammable hydrogen gas; A corrosive substance that can cause injury to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract; Inhalation may cause chemical pneumonitis and pulmonary edema; [MSDSonline] See "Aluminum."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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