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Source of hydrogen, reducing agent for aldehydes, ketones, acid chlorides; foaming agent for plasticsPotassium borohydride is used as a selective reducing agent for ketones, aldehydes and acid chlorides. It is used as a precursor in the production of chloramphenicol, vitamin A, thiopenicol, atropine and scopolamine. It is used to prepare high dispersive copper nanoparticles by the chemical reduction method using potassium borohydride as a reducing agent.
Fletcher, C.; Jiang, Y.; Amal, R. Production of formic acid from CO2 reduction by means of potassium borohydride at ambient conditions. Chem. Eng. Sci. 2015, 137, 301-307.
Wang, X.; Le, L.; Alvarez, P. J.; Li, F.; Liu, K. Synthesis and characterization of green agents coated Pd/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles. J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Eng. 2015, 50, 297-305.
Hazard Statements: H261-H301-H311-H314
In contact with water releases flammable gas. Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P223-P231+P232-P260-P264b-P270-P280-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P330-P331-P335+P334-P363-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from any possible contact with water, because of violent reaction and possible flash fire. Handle under inert gas. Protect from moisture. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Brush off loose particles from skin. Immerse in cool water/wrap in wet bandages. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant