CAS number 497-18-7
PubChem 73948
ChemSpider 66578 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:61308 YesY
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Molecular formula CH6N4O
Molar mass 90.09 g/mol
Density 1.341 g/cm3
Melting point

150-153 °C, 423-426 K, 302-307 °F

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Carbohydrazide is used as an oxygen scavenger in water treatment for boilers. It is an alternative to the hazardous and potentially carcinogenic hydrazine. Carbohydrazide reacts with oxygen to make water, nitrogen and urea. It also passivates metals and reduces metal oxides (ferric oxide -> ferrous oxide; cupric oxide -> cuprous oxide).

It is widely used in the production of drugs, herbicides, plant growth regulators, and dyestuffs.

Physical Properties

Carbohydrazide is a white crystalline solid with a melting point of 153-154°C.[1][2] It decomposes upon melting.[2] It is very water soluble and largely insoluble in organic solvents.[1][2]


Hydrazinolyis of Carbonate Esters[2]

   (C2H5O)2CO + 2N2H4•H20 → NH2NHCONHNH2 + 2C2H5OH + 2H2O

Hydrazinolysis of Phosgene[2]

   ClCOCl + NH2NH2 → NH2NHCOCl

Hydrazinolysis of Carbazic Acid[2]


Industrial Uses

Oxygen Scrubber

Carbohydrazide is used as an oxygen scrubber in boiler systems. Oxygen scrubbers remove oxygen gas from the boiler system to prevent corrosion.[3][4]


Carbohydrazide can react with many aromatic compounds to create polymers.[2] Carbohydrazide can be used as a curing agent for epoxide-type resins.[2]


Carbohyrazide is used in the silver halide diffusion process as one of the toners. Carbohydrazide is used to stabilize color developers that produce images of the azo-methine and azine classes.[2]


Carbohydrazide has been used to develop ammunition propellants,[5] stabilize soaps,[2] and used a reagent in organic synthesis.


Heating carbohydrazide may result in an explosion. Carbohydrazide is harmful if swallowed, irritating to eyes, respiratory system, and skin. Carbohydrazide is toxic to aquatic organisms.[6]


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