Alternate source of alkali metal for snb reduction

edited July 6 in Man Cave
Nobody has ever tried to use this stuff for a shake and bake reaction but I'm sure it would work fine, it's very reactive.

You can also clean it up relatively easily to get pure sodium metal


  • Sodium is even better as it doesn't over reduce as much as lithium does. Substituting calcium might work, making a hexamine instead of tetra but would probably over reduce, unless ammonia was substituted as well, something like ethylenediamine. Methylamine or ethyl amine, primary amines, should also work and have the added benefit of not requiring as much refrigerant as ammonia. But sodium is tried and true.
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