Agent Name

Aluminum carbide

CAS Number

1299-86-1

Formula

C3-Al4

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Tetraaluminium tricarbide; [ChemIDplus] UN1394

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Yellow solid; [Merck Index] Yellow powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to reduce metal oxides and to make aluminum nitride and methane; [Merck Index] Also used as a catalyst, drying agent, and in metallurgy; [Hawley]

Comments

Decomposes in water producing flammable methane; [Merck Index] A strong reducing agent that reacts with water; [CAMEO] Liberates highly flammable gases on contact with water; A skin, mucous membrane, and strong eye irritant; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "CARBIDES."

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