Fulminic acid

Fulminic acid

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IUPACName = Oxidoazaniumylidynemethane
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Fulminic acid is a compound with a molecular formula HCNO. This substance was discovered in 1824 by Justus von Liebig. It is an organic acid and an isomer of isocyanic acid, discovered one year later by Friedrich Woehler.

Fulminic acid and its salts (fulminates), for instance mercury fulminate, are very dangerous, and are often used as detonators for other explosive materials, and are examples of primary explosives. The vapors also are toxic.

See also

* Fulminate


*cite journal
title = Fulminic Acid in the History of Organic Chemistry
author = F. Kurzer
journal = J. Chem. Educ.
year = 2000
volume = 77
issue =
pages = 851–857
url = http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/journal/Issues/2000/Jul/abs851.html

*cite journal
title = The Life and Work of Edward Charles Howard
author = F. Kurzer
journal = Annals of Science
year = 1999
volume = 56
issue =
pages = 113–141
doi = 10.1080/000337999296445

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