[Alt-photo] Antwort: Re: ammonio-nitrate

udo.schnitzbauer at uzh.ch udo.schnitzbauer at uzh.ch
Tue Sep 20 03:58:30 UTC 2016

Dear Jim, 

not only dryness can be a problem. Long time ago I tried to prepare this compound. I got a nice precipitate (very small amount) in the Erlenmeyer flask. After washing with water, I tried to get a small sample with a Pasteur pipette. I touched the bottom of the flask with the glass tip and suddenly there was a very strong cracking noise, like a toy torpedo, even the whole precipitate was under water. After that experience, I poured the content of the flask down the sink with plenty of water and tried this never again.
So from this lection I think it´s a bad idea to store bigger amounts of a silver nitrate and ammonia mixture and/or let accumulate waste solutions of this stuff. Additionally if you have supplies or stock solutions, check regularly if a precipitate is forming. 


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You are correct.  The 3 highly explosive silver compounds that are confused are silver nitride (Ag3N) (formerly called fulminating silver), silver azide (AgN3), and silver fulminate (AgCNO).  Silver nitride is the one formed when silver nitrate and ammonia are mixed in certain ratios.  I have witnessed that one first hand as I said before.  I contributed to the confusion by equating silver fulminate with fulminating silver.  Chlorides precipitate silver chloride and probably reduce the risk of explosion with salt printing, but a wrong mix, when evaporated to dryness can be a problem.

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> On Sep 16, 2016, at 5:11 PM, Charles via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> While I have no intention of ever making it I am confused by the fact that Wikipedia insists that silver fulminate is made with nitric acid, which is a long way from ammonia.  Charles

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