As catalyst for organic reactions.
Purify it as for cuprous iodide but using aqueous NaBr. [Keller & Wycoff Inorg Synth II 3 1946, Glemser & Sauer in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry (Ed. Brauer) Academic Press Vol II p 1006 1965.]
INHALATION: Irritation of upper respiratory tract. EYES: Irritation of conjunctivae. SKIN: Irritation, acne-like rash (usually from prolonged exposure). INGESTION: Vomiting caused by local irritant and astringent action of ionic Cu on stomach and intestines. Pain in mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Inorganic bromides produce depression, psychoses, and mental deterioration.
White powder or crystal. Turns green to dark blue on exposure to sunlight. Sinks and mixes slowly with water.
Air & Water Reactions
Mixes slowly with water.
Cuprous bromide has weak oxidizing or reducing powers. Redox reactions can however still occur. The majority of compounds in this class are slightly soluble or insoluble in water. If soluble in water, then the solutions are usually neither strongly acidic nor strongly basic. These compounds are not water-reactive.