Hydrogen Bromide Supplier to Richmond, Virginia Hydrogen Bromide (Br), a colorless, corrosive, irritating, toxic gas transported in a liquid state by cylinders under its own vapor pressure, is one more cautiously useful PurityPlus® specialty gas available to Richmond, Virginia customers from Arc3 Gases. This gas results from the direct reaction of high-purity hydrogen with elemental bromine and the attentively regulated reaction of sulfuric acid on certain brominated metals. Hydrogen Bromide traditionally has been found useful for fumigation in agriculture. Smaller amounts are used as a catalyst in pharmaceuticals. There was a time when it was also commonly used to synthesize HALON compounds used in fire-suppression systems. This is due to the fact that the resulting HALON compounds are high-density inert gases that can eliminate ground-level oxygen to put out a fire in a tight space with only the lightest damage to property. HBr is now frequently considered for use as a stratospheric ozone depleter and, as such, its use as a fumigant has been limited to circumstances where total recovery looks to be achievable. HALON fire-suppression systems are now dependent on current chemical inventories as more environmentally acceptable alternatives are introduced. Higher purities of Hydrogen Bromide are used by the electronics industry in some specialized plasma etching processes. For more information on PurityPlus® Hydrogen Bromide and its availability in Richmond, Virginia, call Arc3 Gases at (804) 644-4521 or contact us online.