Electrical Conductivity of Salts in Anhydrous Hydrogen Cyanide


AN accurate determination of the conductivity of salts in anhydrous hydrogen cyanide is of considerable interest in view of the high dielectric constant of this solvent. Indications of high values for the equivalent conductance were obtained by Centnerszwer1, Kahlenberg and Schlundt2, and, more recently, by Fredenhagen and Dahmlos3. These investigators confined their measurements to relatively concentrated solutions, and came to the conclusion that hydrogen cyanide is but a poor dissociating solvent in spite of its high dielectric constant (119 at 18° C.)3.


  1. 1

    Z. Phys. Chem., 39, 220; 1902.

  2. 2

    J. Phys. Chem., 6, 447; 1902.

  3. 3

    Z. anorg. Chem., 179, 77; 1929.

Download references

Author information



Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

COATES, J., TAYLOR, E. Electrical Conductivity of Salts in Anhydrous Hydrogen Cyanide. Nature 134, 141 (1934). https://doi.org/10.1038/134141b0

Download citation


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.