Boron bromide is a toxic substance that causes severe burns to the eyes and burns to the respiratory tract. It can also cause a large explosion in a lab. If used incorrectly, boron bromide can be fatal.
Boron tribromide is a colorless fuming liquid compound. It is very corrosive and can be decomposed by water and alcohols. Aside from the corrosive nature, boron tribromide is also a strong irritant.
Boron tribromide is one of the most common boron halides. In addition to boron, it contains bromine. When combined with water, boron tribromide reacts violently, producing hydrogen bromide gas and a noxious fume.
Boron tribromide is used as a catalyst in polymerization and organic synthesis. It is also a raw material for manufacturing soda ash and caustic soda. As a chemical, it is a precursor for boron dibromoiodide.
Boron tribromide has a boiling point of 91 oC. It is soluble in water and sulfur dioxide. Boron tribromide is often used in pharmaceutical production. Because of its high purity, it is frequently used in semiconductor devices. The freezing point is -51 degF.
Boron tribromide is extremely flammable and if it is exposed to moisture, it will explode. This substance is very corrosive to rubber, wood, and other tissues. Moreover, boron bromide has a very pungent odor.
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