Calcium azide

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Calcium azide
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Molar mass 124.12 g/mol
Appearancecolorless crystals
Melting point 100 °C (212 °F; 373 K)decomposes at 150 °C
38.1 g/100 mL (0 °C)
Solubility slightly soluble in ethanol
insoluble in ether, acetone
14.2 kJ/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Calcium azide is a chemical compound with the formula CaN6. [1]



It can be obtained from a distilled reaction between hydrazoic acid and calcium hydroxide.

Hydrazoic acid chemical compound

Hydrazoic acid, also known as hydrogen azide or azoimide, is a compound with the chemical formula HN3. It is a colorless, volatile, and explosive liquid at room temperature and pressure. It is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, and is therefore a pnictogen hydride. It was first isolated in 1890 by Theodor Curtius. The acid has few applications, but its conjugate base, the azide ion, is useful in specialized processes.

Calcium hydroxide chemical compound

Calcium hydroxide (traditionally called slaked lime) is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Ca(OH)2. It is a colorless crystal or white powder and is produced when quicklime (calcium oxide) is mixed, or slaked with water. It has many names including hydrated lime, caustic lime, builders' lime, slack lime, cal, or pickling lime. Calcium hydroxide is used in many applications, including food preparation, where it has been identified as E number E526. Limewater is the common name for a saturated solution of calcium hydroxide.


Calcium azide is sensitive to impact, in which it may detonate and ignite.

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