Methyllithium (CH3Li)

Substance: Methyllithium solution in diethyl ether.

Also known as: Lithium methanide MeLi

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Hazard information danger

Flammable
Corrosive cat. 1
Lower systemic health hazards

Hazard statements

  • Highly flammable liquid and vapour
  • Catches fire spontaneously if exposed to air
  • In contact with water releases flammable gases which may ignite spontaneously
  • Harmful if swallowed
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
  • Causes serious eye damage
  • May cause drowsiness or dizziness

Precautionary statements

  • Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Do not allow contact with air.
  • Do not allow contact with water. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Keep container tightly closed.
  • Ground/bond container and receiving equipment.
  • Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/light/…/equipment.
  • Use only non-sparking tools.
  • Take precautionary measures against static discharge.
  • Avoid breathing dust/fume/ gas/mist/vapours/spray. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Wash … thoroughly after handling.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
  • Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Store locked up.
  • Store contents under …
  • Dispose of contents/container to … [… in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulation (to be specified)].

Experiments with this reagent