lithium tetrahydroaluminate(III)

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(lithium aluminium hydride; LAH)

A white or light grey powder, LiAlH4; r.d. 0.917; decomposes at 125°C. It is prepared by the reaction of excess lithium hydride with aluminium chloride. The compound is soluble in ethoxyethane, reacts violently with water to release hydrogen, and is widely used as a powerful reducing agent in organic chemistry. It should always be treated as a serious fire risk in storage.

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