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Lithium nitride is used in metallurgy and chemical synthesis. It is also used to store hydrogen and acts as a source of the nitride ion. It is involved in the preparation of lithium hydride and lithium amide as well as a reducing agent.
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Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H260-H314-H318
In contact with water releases flammable gases which may ignite spontaneously. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
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