Hydrogen Bromide Supplier to Western Michigan Hydrogen Bromide (Br), a colorless, corrosive, irritating, toxic gas delivered in liquid form via cylinders under its own vapor pressure, is one more cautiously useful PurityPlus® specialty gas available to Western Michigan clients from GTW. This gas results from the direct reaction of high-purity hydrogen with elemental bromine and the attentively controlled reaction of sulfuric acid on specific brominated metals. Hydrogen Bromide typically has been associated with fumigation in agriculture. Smaller quantities are used as a catalyst in pharmaceuticals. At one time, it was also widely used in the synthesis of HALON compounds used in fire-suppression systems. That’s because the HALON compounds that result are high-density inert gases that can eliminate ground-level oxygen to extinguish a fire in a confined space with very little damage to property. HBr is now frequently considered for use as a stratospheric ozone depleter and, thus, its use as a fumigant has been reserved for conditions where complete recovery can be obtained. HALON fire-suppression systems subject to ready chemical inventories as more environmentally preferred alternatives become available. Higher purities of Hydrogen Bromide are used by the electronics industry in some unique plasma etching processes. To learn more about PurityPlus® Hydrogen Bromide and its availability in Western Michigan, call GTW at 616-754-6120 or contact us online.