Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Lithium

  • Jan W. Gooch
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_6970

\li-thē-әm\ n [NL, fr. lithia oxide of lithium, fr. Gk lithos] (1818) (Li) Element number 3, the least dense of all the metals (density = 0.534 g/cm3), with valence of +1, and highly reactive. Lithium aluminum hydride (LiAlH4) is an important catalyst in organic reductions and lithium is a component of many greases, e.g., the high-temperature lubricant,  Lithium Stearate.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA