Chlorine azide

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Chlorine azide
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Other names
Chlorine nitride; Nitrogen chloride
3D model (JSmol)
PubChem CID
  • [N-]=[N+]=NCl
Molar mass 77.4731 g/mol
AppearanceYellow-orange liquid; colorless gas
Melting point −100 °C (−148 °F; 173 K)
Boiling point −15 °C (5 °F; 258 K)
Solubility Soluble[ vague ] in butane, pentane, benzene, methanol, ethanol, diethyl ether, acetone, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, and carbon disulfide; slightly soluble in water
Cmc 21, No. 36 [1]
Explosive data
Shock sensitivity Extreme
Friction sensitivity Extreme
Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):
Main hazards
Extremely sensitive explosive
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Related compounds
Related compounds
Hydrazoic acid
Fluorine azide
Bromine azide
Iodine azide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Chlorine azide ( Cl N 3) is an inorganic compound that was discovered in 1908 by Friedrich Raschig. [2] Concentrated ClN3 is notoriously unstable and may spontaneously detonate at any temperature. [3]


Preparation and handling

Chlorine azide is prepared by passing chlorine gas over silver azide, or by an addition of acetic acid to a solution of sodium hypochlorite and sodium azide. [4]

Explosive characteristics

Chlorine azide is extremely sensitive. It may explode, sometimes even without apparent provocation; it is thus too sensitive to be used commercially unless first diluted in solution. Chlorine azide reacts explosively with 1,3-butadiene, ethane, ethene, methane, propane, phosphorus, silver azide, and sodium. On contact with acid, chlorine azide decomposes, evolving toxic and corrosive hydrogen chloride gas. [5]

Regulatory information

Its shipment is subject to strict reporting requirements and regulations by the US Department of Transportation.

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