A substance that tends to bring about reduction by being oxidized and losing electrons.
- Lithium aluminum hydride is an important reducing agent in organic chemistry.
- It can react either as an oxidant or a reducing agent, is a very good nucleophile, and is a base that can be protonated.
- In the case of making iron in a blast furnace, the carbon is added as coke, which is converted into carbon monoxide - the actual reducing agent.
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