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Bromoform is widely used as a solvent for waxes, oils and greases. It is utilized for mineral ore separation in geological tests. It is used as an intermediate in chemical synthesis as well as a laboratory reagent. It is the ingredient of fire-resistant chemicals and fluid gauges. It acts as a sedative and as cough reducing agent.
For examples of the generation of dibromocarbene, using Potassium tert-butoxide, A13947, as base, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 6, 187 (1988); 7, 200 (1990). Alternatively, reactions can be carried out with aqueous OH- and a phase-transfer catalyst such as Benzyltriethylammonium chloride, A13268: Org. Synth. Coll., 8, 223 (1993), or using crown ether catalysis: Org. Synth., 75, 98 (1997).
Under phase-transfer conditions, allylic bromides undergo nucleophilic displacement by the tribromomethyl anion: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 210 (1979).
Wang, L.; Liu, P.; Zhang, S. Debromination and decomposition of bromoform by contact glow discharge electrolysis in an aqueous solution. Electrochim. Acta 2015, 165, 390-395.
Liu, B.; Li, X. F.; Zhang, J.; Wang, M. T.; Zeng, R. J. Synthesis of novel spiro[cyclopropane-pyrrolizin] derivatives via Mg-mediated conjugate addition of bromoform. Res. Chem. Intermed. 2015, 41 (4), 2345-2352.
Hazard Statements: H302-H332-H315-H319-H351
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P261-P280-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Obtain special instructions before use. 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. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.