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General Information:



CAS Number: 7439-89-6

Molecular Weight: 55.85 g/mol

Appearance: Gray powder

Iron powder serves as a catalyst in a wide variety of reactions.

Common Uses:

Reagent for the reduction of nitro groups to amines

Procedure excerpt:

To a solution of the SM (689 mg, 2.82 mmol) in EtOH (15 mL) was added AcOH (7.5 mL) and Fe (630 mg, 11.29 mmol). The resulting mixture was brought to 100 C and . . .

[full procedure]


Iron may cause respiratory tract or eye irritation. Iron presents a fire risk when the powder is finely dispersed in air and exposed to a source of ignition.


1) Patent Reference: WO2011014535, page 39, (17.3 MB)


3) Iron powder (link)