Bromine Water

24th October 2018



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Why Buy Bromine Water from ReAgent UK?

With over 40 years of experience, ReAgent is internationally recognised for its high-quality products and industry-leading customer service. We’re chemical suppliers who give you complete freedom and support every step of the way.

We supply bromine water (1.5% w/v) in 500ml containers which you can customise to suit the style of your business. When you buy online, you can receive nationwide next-day delivery as well as discounts on bulk orders.

All of our products are backed by a 100% quality guarantee so that you can buy with confidence. Contact our customer service team with any queries you may have and a member of staff will be happy to help.

What is Bromine Water?

Bromine water is a diluted solution of bromine (Br2) in water. It is known for its intense yellow colour, but when shaken with an alkene it becomes colourless.

With highly oxidising properties, this substance is commonly used in chemical assays and analysis to test for compounds like phenols, enols, alkalenes , aniline, acetyl groups and glucose. These compounds can react with bromine in a halogenation reaction.


Bromine water was first discovered in 1825 by Carl Lowig, and then again the following year by Antoine Balard who found it in seaweed from the salt marshes in Montpellier.

Seaweed was originally used to produce iodine, but Balard identified that there was another chemical present with properties that sat between chlorine and iodine. Balard called this new compound muride, white derives from the Latin word muria, meaning brine.

In contrast, Lowig obtained bromine from a water spring after extracting it with diethyl ether from a chlorine solution. After evaporation, a dark brown precipitate was leftover. However, the publication of his results was severely delayed, meaning that Balard managed to get the first reference to this new chemicals. In this reference, Balard has already changed the name from muride to bromine.

Over 30 years’ experience

ReAgent is very proud of its 40 years’ experience as a chemical supplier. Our competitive prices, high standards for quality and excellent customer service have all set us apart as one of the leading UK chemical manufacturers.

We are always happy to provide any assistance needed, from providing quotes, answering technical questions to working with you to create a bespoke formula. Just give us a call to find out more.



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