Title: Aluminum Carbide
CAS Registry Number: 1299-86-1
Molecular Formula: C3Al4
Molecular Weight: 143.96
Percent Composition: C 25.03%, Al 74.97%
Line Formula: Al4C3
Literature References: Prepd by heating aluminum powder with carbon: Becher in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry vol. 1, G. Brauer, Ed. (Academic Press, New York, 2nd ed., 1963) p 832.
Properties: Yellow hexagonal crystals or powder. mp 2100°; decomposes above 2200°. d 2.36. Decomposed by water with evolution of methane (fire hazard).
Melting point: mp 2100°
Density: d 2.36
Use: In generating methane; reducing metal oxides; in manuf of aluminum nitride.