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Lithium aluminum hydride is widely used in organic chemistry as a reducing agent. It is used to prepare main group and transition metal hydrides from the corresponding metal halides. It contains contains 10.6 wt% hydrogen, thereby making LAH a potential hydrogen storage medium for future fuel cell-powered vehicles.
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Vukic Micovic; Mihailo Mihailovic. The Reduction of Acid Amides with Lithium Aluminum Hydride . J. Org. Chem. 1953, 18, (9),1190-1200
Hazard Statements: H225-H260-H302-H333-H315-H318-H351-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. In contact with water releases flammable gases which may ignite spontaneously. Harmful if swallowed. May be harmful if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. Suspected of causing cancer. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P223-P210-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from any possible contact with water, because of violent reaction and possible flash fire. Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.