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Reductions with pyrophoric iron


Since pyrophoric iron is highly reactive i wonder if it is usable for reduction of organic materials. It is surely not strong enough to reduce a carboxyl group but maybe a ketone such as acetone or even more complex compounds like Levulinic acid. I would try to heat (potentially molten) substance with it under an enviroment free of oxygen and water.

Any suggestions?

What can you do with pyrophoric iron?

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[*] posted on 7-6-2012 at 02:11

I do not think you will be able to use water as the solvent, perhaps not even alcohol, as it would immediately react. Other than that, I would expect it to be similar to Zn + HCl, reducing nitro groups to amines, reducing nitrate ions, and similar types of reductions...

it would probably act as a fairly strong reducing agent

[Edited on 7-6-2012 by AndersHoveland]
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