Name: Chris Sterla
In chemistry class, we were discussing how to make chemicals with household
items. We wanted to know how to make nitrogen triIodide. He said look it
it up, and we would make some if we found out. I could not find it anywhere.
Could you help us? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
P.S. Sorry about the letter. This was my first time in newton.
I don't usually describe how to do chemistry experiments
on NEWTON. Frankly, if I made a mistake telling you how
to do things, or you didn't follow my instructions to the
letter, and consequently blew your hand off, I'd feel a little
Maybe I can help with your literature search though.
You should try to find textbooks on chemical demonstrations,
either at your local library, local university libraries,
or through inter-library loan. One author of several such books
who is particularly famous is Bassam Shakashiri (sp?).
He has published several books on the subject. I believe that they
are published by the American Chemical Society, and could be ordered
from them. Your teacher might even want to order these books
as they are full of interesting chemistry demos.
Shakhashiri's books are from University of Wisconsin Press (Madison).
As far as making nitrogen triiodide at home...DON'T! The stuff is really
nasty (we just set some off with a feather today in the first day of
class here at UW-Milwaukee). Also, you should only make it in a lab with
appropriate safety precautions and let it AIR DRY! Don't use something like
acetone, alcohol or a heat gun to dry it. This warning is coming from
experience :) I saw the acetone drying method backfire...literally.
As for Shakhashiri's books...highly recommended! Excellent investment for
Let me emphasize the second sentence from Joe's note. Nitrogen triiodide
is a contact explosive -- it is unpredictable and dangerous. Please
DO NOT try to make this!
gregory r bradburn
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