Aluminum Catalysts

Aluminum has a wide use in chemistry. In its elemental form, as an alloy with other metals, as an aluminum oxide (also called alumina and used widely to for its basic properties in chromatography), as a hydride, or as a Lewis acid, aluminum plays a fundamental role in a large scope of chemical transformations. The usefulness of aluminum as its Lewis acid owes to the ability of the aluminum Lewis acid to attract and coordinate the electrons of neighboring atoms and molecules. Further, the strength of the aluminum Lewis acid can be modulated with halides having different electronegativities. The Friedel Crafts reaction is a classic example of aluminum catalysis whereby aluminum trichloride serves as the catalyst and promotes either acylation or alkylation of an arene. Another popular use of aluminum takes advantage of its ability to transfer hydrides to electron deficient atoms. An entire portfolio of aluminum hydride reagents has been developed over the past several decades, though the use of these reagents is stoichiometric rather than catalytic in the case of aluminum chloride catalyzed reactions.

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11009 Aluminum powder, ≥91% (complexometric) Al
266515 Aluminum ≤30 μm, spherical powder, ≥99% Al
310360 Aluminum ACS reagent, 99%, wire, wire diam. ~1.5 mm Al
449601 Aluminum bromide anhydrous, powder, 99.999% trace metals basis AlBr3
210072 Aluminum bromide powder and chunks, ≥98% AlBr3
401218 Aluminum bromide ≥99.99% trace metals basis AlBr3
250066 Aluminum bromide solution anhydrous, 1.0 M in dibromomethane AlBr3
563919 Aluminum chloride anhydrous, powder, 99.999% trace metals basis AlCl3
237051 Aluminum chloride ReagentPlus®, 99% AlCl3
206911 Aluminum chloride reagent grade, 98% AlCl3
294713 Aluminum chloride 99.99% trace metals basis AlCl3
449598 Aluminum chloride anhydrous, powder, 99.99% trace metals basis AlCl3
11019 Aluminum chloride anhydrous, sublimed, ≥98% AlCl3
237078 Aluminum chloride hexahydrate ReagentPlus®, 99% AlCl3 · 6H2O
A0718 Aluminum chloride hexahydrate meets EP, BP, USP testing specifications AlCl3 · 6H2O
229393 Aluminum chloride hydrate 99.999% trace metals basis AlCl3 · xH2O
249882 Aluminum chloride solution 1.0 M in nitrobenzene AlCl3
630063 Aluminum chloride, functionalized silica gel 40-63 μm, extent of labeling: 1.5 mmol/g loading  
220418 Aluminum isopropoxide ≥98% C9H21AlO3
229407 Aluminum isopropoxide ≥99.99% trace metals basis C9H21AlO3
06270 Aluminum monostearate technical, ~75% (Al), powder C18H37AlO4
237973 Aluminum nitrate nonahydrate ACS reagent, ≥98% AlN3O9 · 9H2O
06233 Aluminum phosphate monobasic purum, ≥95.0% (gravimetric) H6AlO12P3
237086 Aluminum potassium sulfate dodecahydrate ACS reagent, ≥98% AlKO8S2 · 12H2O
227617 Aluminum sulfate octadecahydrate ≥97% Al2S3O12· 18H2O
515884 Aluminum trifluoromethanesulfonate 99.9% trace metals basis C3AlF9O9S3
01713 Cryolite synthetic, ≥97.0% (from F) AlF6Na3
13404   Sodium aluminate technical, anhydrous  
305499 Sodium hexafluoroaluminate 97% AlF6Na3
230049 Sodium hexafluoroaluminate 99.98% trace metals basis AlF6Na3
451584 Sodium tetrachloroaluminate anhydrous, powder, 99.99% trace metals basis AlCl4Na
407402 Sodium tetrachloroaluminate 98% AlCl4Na