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Hydride (anion of hydrogen, H-) is a compound of anion of hydrogen with electropositive elements in the periodic table. Four main groups of inorganic hydrides are reported, covalent, ionic, transition metal and metallic hydrides. Ionic hydrides form between alkali and alkaline earth metals of group I and II metals like lithium, sodium and calcium. Transition metal hydrides usually contain complexing ligands. Metallic hydrides or interstitial hydrides are formed by transition metals/lanthanides/actinides.

Inorganic hydrides are used as a source of hydrogen for fuel cell, and also in the metallurgy field. Metal hydrides are used as a potential source of portable and relatively safe hydrogen storage. Some of the popular reducing agents used almost routinely for chemical transformations in industries and research laboratories are metal borohydrides, metal aluminium hydrides, and diisobutylaluminium hyride (DIBAL). Super hydride, lithium triethylborohydride, is a strong and selective reducing agent. These hydrides reduce several functional groups including aldehydes, ketones, alpha,beta-unsaturated carbonyl compounds, imines, nitro compounds, oximes, esters, lactones, amides, and acid anhydrides. Alkali hydrides are widely used in organic synthesis. Alkali earth metal hydrides like calcium hydride are very effective dessicants to remove trace waters from aprotic solvents. Hydride complexes are widely used in a variety of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, for example in hydroformylation and hydrodesulfurization.

  • Calcium hydride, 90-95%
  • Calcium hydride, 92% min
  • Calcium hydride, 98% (metals basis excluding Mg), Mg <1%
  • Calcium hydride, coarse powder, ca 92%
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, 10% in THF
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, 15% in THF/toluene (2.4:1)
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, 4% in THF
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, 95% min
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, pellets, 97%
  • Lithium aluminum hydride, powder, 97%
  • Lithium hydride, 97+%
  • Lithium hydride, 99.4% (metals basis)
  • Lithium tri-tert-butoxyaluminum hydride, 94%
  • Potassium hydride, 30% w/w in mineral oil
  • Sodium hydride, 57-63% oil dispersion
  • Sodium hydride, ca 60% dispersion in oil, in solvent solublebags
  • Titanium(II) hydride, 99% (metals basis)
  • Titanium(II) hydride, 99% (metals basis)
  • Titanium sub-hydride (TiH0.65), -325 mesh, 99%, packed under argon
  • Titanium sub-hydride (TiH1.65), -325 mesh, 99%, packed under argon
  • Tri-n-butyltin hydride, 97%, stab.
  • Triphenyltin hydride, 97%
  • Zirconium hydride, 99%


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