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7447-41-8 - Lithium chloride, anhydrous, 99% - 10515 - Alfa Aesar

10515 Lithium chloride, anhydrous, 99%

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250g 35.80
1kg 81.29
5kg 306.89
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Lithium chloride, anhydrous, 99%


Chemical Properties

Formula Weight
-20 Mesh
Melting point
Boiling Point
Freely soluble in water; soluble in methanol, ethanol, formic acid. Insoluble in dichloromethane.


Lithium chloride is useful for the production of lithium metal, and for the generation of Mn(0) species which can be used in free radical cyclizations. It can serve as a flame colorant to generate dark red flames, a brazing flux for aluminum in automobiles, a hygrometer, and a desiccant for drying air streams. On exposure to air, it becomes a solution with the concentration directly related to relative humidity of the atmosphere, and hence serves as a relative humidity standard in calibrating hygrometers. Apart from being a source of chloride, it serves as an additive in the Stille reaction in organic synthesis, and to precipitate RNA from cellular extracts. Being biologically significant, it finds applications in a wide variety of assays to study cell-fate and neurobiology. Lithium chloride has been found to inhibit virus infection.


It is hygroscopic in nature. Deliquescent salt forming a solution when exposed to humid air. Store in cool and dry place in closed tight containers.

Literature References

Kowalczyk, S. W.; Wells, D. B.; Aksimentiev, A.; Dekker, C. Slowing down DNA Translocation through a Nanopore in Lithium Chloride. Nano Lett. 2012, 12 (2), 1038-1044.

Deng, L.-J.; Liu, J.; Huang, J.-Q.; Hud, Y.; Chen, M.; Lan, Y.; Chen, J.-H.; Lei, A.; Yang, Z. Effect of Lithium Chloride on Tuning the Reactivity of Pauson-Khand Reactions Catalyzed by Palladium-Tetramethylthiourea. Synthesis 2007, 2565-2570.

Fumo, N.; Goswami, D. Y. Study of an Aqueous Lithium Chloride Desiccant System: Air Dehumidification and Desiccant Regeneration. Sol. Energy 2002, 72 (4), 51-361.

Krasovskiy, A.; Knochel, P. A LiCl-Mediated Br/Mg Exchange Reaction for the Preparation of Functionalized Aryl- and Heteroarylmagnesium Compounds from Organic Bromides. Angew. Chem. Int. Edit. 2004, 43 (25), 3333-3336.

Chen, H. -C.; Chien, W. -C.; Changc, M. -Y.; Hsieh, M. -Y.; Lai, M. -D.; Maa, M. -C.; Leu, T. -H., The iNOS/Src/FAK axis contributes to lithium chloride-mediated macrophage migration. Nitric Oxide 2015, 47, 58-64.

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H302-H315-H319-H335

Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.

Precautionary Statements: P261-P280-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P362-P301+P312-P312-P405-P403+P233-P501a

Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Store locked up. Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep container tightly closed. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.

Other References

Harmonized Tariff Code


  • A11662

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  • 13408

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  • 12315

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  • 41832

    Lithium oxide, 99.5% (metals basis)
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