Zinc-copper couple is used in the Simmons-Smith cyclopropanation reaction, Reformatsky reaction. It is used as a chemical for the selective, stereospecific reduction of alkynes to cis-alkenes. It is used in for deiodination of iodotributylstannylalkanes. In the presence of a free-radical initiator, it promotes the formylation of perfluoroalkyl iodides with DMF to give fluorinated aldehydes in high yield. It is used in dermatology.
Eugene LeGoff. Cyclopropanes from an Easily Prepared, Highly Active ZincCopper Couple, Dibromomethane, and Olefins.J. Org. Chem.1964, 29 (7), 2048-2050.
S. Morris Kupchan; Masao Maruyama. Reductive elimination of epoxides to olefins with zinc-copper couple.J. Org. Chem.1971, 36 (9), 1187-1191.
For use in the Simmons-Smith cyclopropanation reaction, see Diiodomethane, A15457. For use in the Reformatsky reaction, see: Synthesis, 698 (1977).
Used for the selective, stereospecific reduction of alkynes to cis-alkenes: Chem. Ind. (London), 143 (1957). For deiodination of iodotributylstannylalkanes, see: Synlett., 891 (1992).
In the presence of a free-radical initiator, promotes the formylation of perfluoroalkyl iodides with DMF to give fluorinated aldehydes in high yield: J. Fluorine Chem., 63, 217 (1993).
Hazard Statements: H228-H315-H319-H335
Flammable solid. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P240-P241-P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. 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. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant