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Silver nitrate is a chemical compound, salt of nitric acid and silver metal. It has the chemical formula AgNO3.

PropertiesEdit

ChemicalEdit

Silver nitrate can be reduced to elemental silver, in the presence of a reducing agent, such as ascorbic acid.

Silver nitrate decomposes when heated at 440 °C.

2 AgNO3 → 2 Ag + O2 + 2 NO2(g)

PhysicalEdit

Silver nitrate is an odorless white salt. Unlike silver perchlorate, it is not hygroscopic. It is soluble in water, acetone, ether.

AvailabilityEdit

Silver nitrate can be purchased from pharmacies, usually as a solution or as sticks, known as "caustic pencils". It can also be purchased in solid form, from chemical suppliers.

PreparationEdit

Silver nitrate can be prepared by reacting nitric acid with silver metal. Heating the acid accelerates the reaction.

ProjectsEdit

HandlingEdit

SafetyEdit

Silver nitrate can stain the skin as well as most objects and is toxic if swallowed. Gloves should be worn when handling the compound.

StorageEdit

Silver nitrate should be kept in closed bottles, in dark places, such as a cabinet, as it is sensitive to light. Avoid storing it close to volatile reducing agents.

DisposalEdit

Silver nitrate should be reduced to elemental silver, which can be recycled.

ReferencesEdit

Relevant Sciencemadness threadsEdit

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