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|Molecular formula||C16H38Al2 (dimer)|
|Molar mass||142.22 (monomer)|
|Melting point||–80 °C|
|Boiling point||116–118 °C/1 mmHg|
|Solubility in water||hydrocarbon solvents|
|Main hazards||ignites in air|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Diisobutylaluminium hydride (DIBALH, DIBAL, DIBAL-H or DIBAH, DYE-bal) is a reducing agent with the formula (i-Bu2AlH)2, where i-Bu represents isobutyl (-CH2CH(CH3)2). This organoaluminium compound was investigated originally as a co-catalyst for the polymerization of alkenes.
Like most organoaluminum compounds, the compound’s structure is probably more than that suggested by its empirical formula. A variety of techniques, not including X-ray crystallography, suggest that the compound exists as a dimer and a trimer, consisting of tetrahedral aluminium centers sharing bridging hydride ligands. Hydrides are small and, for aluminium derivatives, are highly basic, thus they bridge in preference to the alkyl groups.
- (i-Bu3Al)2 → (i-Bu2AlH)2 + 2 (CH3)2C=CH2
Use in organic synthesis
DIBALH is useful in organic synthesis for a variety of reductions, including converting esters and nitriles to aldehydes. DIBALH efficiently reduces α-β unsaturated esters to the corresponding allylic alcohol. By contrast, LiAlH4 reduces esters and acyl chlorides to primary alcohols, and nitriles to primary amines [use Feiser work-up procedure]. DIBALH reacts slowly with electron-poor compounds, and more quickly with electron-rich compounds. Thus, it is an electrophilic reducing agent whereas LiAlH4 can be thought of as a nucleophilic reducing agent.
DIBALH, like most alkylaluminium compounds, reacts violently with air and water, potentially leading to fires.
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