Hydrogen Bromide Supplier to Southern California

Hydrogen Bromide (Br), a colorless, corrosive, irritating, toxic gas delivered in liquid form via cylinders under its own vapor pressure, is yet another commercially useful PurityPlus® specialty gas available to Southern California businesses from WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment.

This gas is produced by the direct reaction of high-purity hydrogen with elemental bromine and the attentively regulated reaction of sulfuric acid on certain brominated metals.

Hydrogen Bromide historically has been used for fumigation in agriculture. More discreet quantities are used as a catalyst in pharmaceuticals. Earlier on, it was also widely used to synthesize HALON compounds used in fire-suppression systems. The reason for this is, the HALON compounds thus produced are high-density inert gases that can eliminate ground-level oxygen to quench a fire in a tight space with only the lightest damage to property. HBr more recently has found use as a stratospheric ozone depleter and, thus, its use as a fumigant has been reserved for situations where total recovery looks to be achievable. HALON fire-suppression systems must rely on ready chemical inventories as more environmentally sanctioned alternatives debut.

Higher purities of Hydrogen Bromide are used by the electronics industry in a few precision plasma etching processes.

For further details about PurityPlus® Hydrogen Bromide and its availability in Southern California, call WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment at 866-WESTAIR or contact us online.