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A New Inorganic Reaction: Nitric Acid–Hydrazoic Acid

Naturevolume 191pages166167 (1961) | Download Citation



REACTION of trivalent nitrogen with the azide ion, usually called the ‘nitrite-azide reaction’, is generally known and has been a subject of recent detailed investigations1–4. This azide reaction has been considered to be specific for trivalent nitrogen even in strongly acidic media, and the fact that certain reactions of pentavalent nitrogen (for example, oxidation processes of nitric acid, lead chamber process) are stopped by the addition of azide ions has been accepted as a proof that they proceed through the trivalent nitrogen5.

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  1. Polarographic Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague

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