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Samarium(III) chloride is used for the preparation of samarium metal, which has a variety of uses, notably in magnets. In laboratory Samarium(III) chloride can also be used as a starting point for the preparation of other samarium salts. It is used as infrares absorbing glass, lasers, color television phosphors, magnets, microwave filters. It is used as catalyst in cracking crude petroleum and used as an alloy with cobalt for magnets. It is used as neutron capture masers and have applications in nuclear industry.
G. N. Papatheodorou.; G. H. Kucera. Vapor complexes of samarium(III) and samarium(II) chlorides with aluminum(III) chloride. Inorg. Chem. 1979, 18(2), 385-389.
Wen-Bin Yang.; Jim-Min Fang. Asymmetric Addition of Trimethylsilyl Cyanide to Benzaldehydes Catalyzed by Samarium(III) Chloride and Chiral Phosphorus(V) Reagents.J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63(4), 1356-1359.
Hazard Statements: H303-H315-H319-H335
May be harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/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. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.