Strontium nitrate

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Strontium nitrate
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IUPAC name
Strontium nitrate
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EC Number
  • 233-131-9
PubChem CID
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Molar mass 211.630 g/mol (anhydrous)
283.69 g/mol (tetrahydrate)
Appearancewhite crystalline solid
Density 2.986 g/cm3 (anhydrous)
2.20 g/cm3 (tetrahydrate) [1]
Melting point 570 °C (1,058 °F; 843 K)(anhydrous)
100 °C, decomposes (tetrahydrate)
Boiling point 645 °C (1,193 °F; 918 K)decomposes
710 g/L (18 °C)
660 g/L (20 °C)
604.3 g/L (0 °C)
2065 g/L (100 °C)
Solubility soluble in ammonia
very slightly soluble in ethanol, acetone
insoluble in nitric acid
57.2·10−6 cm3/mol
cubic (anhydrous)
monoclinic (tetrahydrate)
Main hazards Irritant
Safety data sheet
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flash point Non-flammable
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
2750 mg/kg (rat, oral)
Related compounds
Other anions
Strontium sulfate
Strontium chloride
Other cations
Beryllium nitrate
Magnesium nitrate
Calcium nitrate
Barium nitrate
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Strontium nitrate is an inorganic compound composed of the elements strontium, nitrogen and oxygen with the formula Sr(NO3)2. This colorless solid is used as a red colorant and oxidizer in pyrotechnics.



Strontium nitrate is typically generated by the reaction of nitric acid on strontium carbonate. [2]

2 HNO3 + SrCO3 → Sr(NO3)2 + H2O + CO2
The reaction of nitric acid and strontium carbonate to form strontium nitrate Strontium Carbonate and Nitric acid.jpg
The reaction of nitric acid and strontium carbonate to form strontium nitrate


Like many other strontium salts, strontium nitrate is used to produce a rich red flame in fireworks and road flares. The oxidizing properties of this salt are advantageous in such applications. [3]

Strontium nitrate can aid in eliminating and lessening skin irritations. When mixed with glycolic acid, strontium nitrate reduces the sensation of skin irritation significantly better than using glycolic acid alone. [4]


As a divalent ion with an ionic radius similar to that of Ca2+ (1.13 Å and 0.99 Å respectively), Sr2+ ions resembles calcium's ability to traverse calcium-selective ion channels and trigger neurotransmitter release from nerve endings. It is thus used in electrophysiology experiments.

In his short story "A Germ-Destroyer", Rudyard Kipling refers to strontium nitrate as the main ingredient of the titular fumigant.

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