Molecule of the Week

Nitrogen triiodide

June 29, 2009

Nitrogen triiodide is a dark red solid with extreme shock sensitivity. Some chemists may remember playing with it by stepping on small crystals to make it explode with a gunshot-like sound. It is often prepared as a 1:1 adduct with ammonia (NI3NH3). Because it is so sensitive, NI3 has no commercial uses.



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