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Reagents are essential in chemical synthesis, in order to transform building blocks into target molecules quickly, safely, and cleanly. The Thermo Scientific portfolio includes over 5,000 products for a wide range of R&D applications including:

  • Reducing and oxidizing reagents
  • Organometallics (Grignard reagents, organozinc, organolithium, and organotin compounds)
  • The most commonly used functional reagents, plus more unusual reagents for specific reactions
  • Air- and moisture-sensitive reagents in AcroSeal packaging

Products are available in a variety of purity grades, concentrations, and pack sizes

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Common reagents

Reagents for oxidation, reduction, and other reactions

We offer reagents and product sub-sets for organic chemistry research. The product assortment includes relatively simple molecules (e.g., acetic anhydride), complex molecules (e.g., EDTA), and reagents that facilitate a wide variety of transformations. Some of the most commonly requested items in this category include tetrabutylammonium hydroxide, trifluoroacetic anhydride, oxalyl chloride, polyvinylsulfuric acid potassium salt, and polypropylene glycol.

Examples of our high-purity products are: phenol, sodium borohydride, and N-bromosuccinimide. Among products available in pre-made solutions:


Organometallics function in organic synthesis as strong bases, as nucleophiles, as reducing agents, and in metal exchane reactions. Our portfolio of Thermo Scientific organometallic reagents includes: Grignard reagents, organolithium, organozinc, and organotin compounds. Examples of other organometallic reagents are diisobutylaluminium hydride, titanium(IV) n-butoxide, octacarbonyldicobalt, and sodium 1-heptanesulfonate monohydrate.

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Organosilanes are used in organic chemistry research for protecting groups to act as intermediates in organic synthesis. Look for commonly used Thermo Scientific products like tetramethylsilane, tert-butyldimethylchlorosilane, triisopropylsilane, 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, and N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide, or products that are used in the following important applications:

  • Silyl protecting and derivatization reagents
  • Organosilanes as reducing agents
  • Silanes in cross-coupling chemistry
  • Allylsilanes to stabilize α-carbanions and β-carbocations

Named reaction reagents

Named chemical reactions play a crucial role in organic synthesis, which continues to grow, resulting in ever more complex and diverse chemical molecules. Visit our Organic Chemistry Resources to learn more about the reagents used in named reactions, as well as details about the history, applications, and mechanisms of key named reactions.

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