N-Butyllithium (C4H9Li)

Substance: n-Butyllithium solution in heptane.

Also known as: butyllithium tetra-μ3-butyl-tetralithium NBL BuLi 1-lithiobutane

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Hazard information danger

Corrosive cat. 1
Lower systemic health hazards
Systemic health hazards

Hazard statements

  • Catches fire spontaneously if exposed to air
  • In contact with water releases flammable gas
  • May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
  • Causes serious eye damage
  • May cause drowsiness or dizziness
  • Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

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.
  • Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
  • Avoid breathing dust/fume/ gas/mist/vapours/spray. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Wash … thoroughly after handling.
  • Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Avoid release to the environment.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • Collect spillage.
  • 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