Accession Number : ADD004164

Title :   Improved Method of Preparing the Acid Copper Salt of 5-Nitrotetrazole.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,


Personal Author(s) : Gilligan,William H ; Kamlet,Mortimer J

Report Date : 05 May 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A process for preparing the acid copper salt of 5-nitrotetrazole by slowly adding an aqueous solution of a strong inorganic acid (e.g., h2SO4 or HNO3), 5-aminotetrazole, and a small amount of a water soluble cupric salt (e.g. CuSO4-5H2O) to an aqueous solution of a water soluble cupric salt (e.g., CuSo4-5H2O) sodium nitrite in a 25 to 100 percent stoichiometric excess. The presence of the cupric salt in the initial 5-aminotetrazole, acid solution prevents the occurrence of minor explosions and the large excess of sodium nitrate produces an easily filtered product rather than a gel. The acid copper salt of nitrotetrazole is used in the preparation of mecuric 5-nitrotetrazole which is useful as a primary explosive in detonators. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Tetrazoles, *Nitro radicals, *Synthesis(Chemistry), Acids, Copper compounds, Salts, Nitric acid, Sulfuric acid, Water soluble materials, Stoichiometry, Explosives

Subject Categories : Inorganic Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE