|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||257.16 g mol−1|
|Appearance||Colorless or yellowish crystalline solid|
|Melting point||280 °C (536 °F; 553 K) (decomposes)|
|Solubility in water||soluble|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
Tetraethylammonium iodide is a quaternary ammonium compound with the chemical formula C8H20N+I-. It has been used as the source of tetraethylammonium ions in pharmacological and physiological studies, but is also used in organic chemical synthesis (see "Chemistry" section).
The crystal structure of tetraethylammonium iodide has been determined.
- Stereoselective formation of (Z)-diiodoalkenes by treatment of alkynes with ICl in the presence of tetraethylammonium iodide.
- 2-Hydroxyethylation (attachment of -CH2-CH2-OH) by ethylene carbonate of carboxylic acids and certain heterocycles bearing an acidic N-H. For example, benzoic acid is converted to the ester, 2-hydroxyethyl benzoate, by treatment with ethylene carbonate in the presence of tetraethylammonium iodide.
- Phase-transfer catalyst in geminal di-alkylation of fluorene, N,N-dialkylation of aniline and N-alkylation of carbazole using aqueous sodium hydroxide and alkyl halides.
LD50: 35 mg/kg (mouse, i.p.); 56 mg/kg (mouse, i.v.)
- The Merck Index, 10th Ed., p.1316, Rahway: Merck & Co.
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