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Carbon Tetrabromide

Other Names:


General Information:


CAS Number: 558-13-4

Molecular Weight: 331.63 g/mol

Appearance: Colorless to yellow-brown crystals

Chemical Formula: CBr4

Melting Point: 88-90 C

Boiling Point: 190 C

Density: 3.42 g/mL

Carbon tetrabromide (CBr4) is most commonly used as a reagent for converting alcohols to bromides in Appel reactions. Carbon tetrabromide is generally not used as a solvent, whereas its chloro analogue, carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), sees frequent use as a solvent.

Common Uses:

Reagent for converting alcohols to bromides via the Appel reaction


1) Patent Reference: WO2014152144, page 56, (4.6 MB)

2) Wikipedia: Tetrabromomethane (link)

3) Tetrabromomethane (link)

4) Coates, R. M.; Denmark, S. E.; Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Reagents, Auxiliaries, and Catalysts for C-C Bond Formation