Safety and Handling of Organometallics
Metalorganics are often highly reactive compounds. Many concentrated metal alkyls and aluminoxanes or their solutions are pyrophoric, that is they ignite spontaneously in contact with air. Many commercially available metal alkyls and aluminoxanes also react explosively with water, releasing flammable gases.
Consequently, handling these compounds requires rigorous exclusion of air and moisture. They must be handled under a dry, inert atmosphere, e.g. nitrogen or argon. Water must be scrupulously removed from process equipment prior to putting it into metal alkyl service. Failure to do so may result in an explosion.
Despite the hazards associated with their reactivity, metal alkyls and aluminoxanes have been handled safely on a commercial scale for many years. Knowledge of proper handling techniques, carefully designed facilities, and thorough training of personnel using written procedures can overcome these hazards. Personnel who understand and give proper attention to these compounds will be able to handle them confidently and safely.
Sharing our experience in safety is one of the most important resources we offer. Through our safety programs we provide expert advice on the handling of our products including:
- classroom review of safety and handling of metal alkyls
- consultation of metal alkyl facility design
- demonstrations on the safe use, handling and control of metal alkyls
- on-site assistance and advice regarding procedures
Material Safety Data Sheets
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all commercial products can be downloaded from this website. On request we also provide specific publications and videos on subjects such as the safe use and storage of metalorganics, facilities design and maintenance, proper personal protective equipment, spill handling and unloading procedures.
Please contact us to discuss how we can address your safety concerns or provide safety audits and safety training.