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Bromine water is often used as a reactive in chemical assays of recognition for substances which react with bromine in an aqueous environment with the halogenation mechanism, such as alkenes, phenols, enols, acetyl groups, aniline and glucose.
Bromine water is a yellow solution, with a strong, unpleasant and hazardous smell.
Bromine water can be produced by carefully dissolving elemental bromine in water.
- Alkene detection
Bromine water is corrosive to metals and tissues, especially in case of skin, eye, nose.
Bromine water will convert to hydrobromic acid, and should be stored in closed glass bottles, with a corrosion resistant lid.