Magnesium nitrite represented by the chemical formula Mg(NO2)2 or MgN2O4 that bears the IUPAC name magnesium dinitride  is a white powder at room temperature that is soluble in water and alcohol [3, 4]. It is a magnesium salt and an ionic compound . It should be protected from moisture to prevent it from decomposing .
Magnesium Nitrite Identification
|CAS Number||15070-34-5 |
|PubChem CID||10197667 |
|ChemSpider ID||8373167 |
How to Make It
Magnesium nitrite can be prepared by reacting magnesium hydroxide with nitrous acid .
Mg(OH)2 + 2HNO2 = Mg(NO2)2 + 2H2O
It can also be made by a reaction between cobalt nitrite and magnesium .
Co(NO2)2 + Mg = Mg(NO2)2 + Co
Properties and Characteristics of Magnesium Nitrite
|Molar mass/molecular weight||116.315 g/mol |
|Color/appearance||White hygroscopic crystals [3, 4]|
|Melting point/freezing point||Unknown |
|Boiling point||Unknown |
|State of matter at room temperature (normal phase)||Solid |
Magnesium Nitrite Uses
- In research work in laboratories . It is only available in small amounts commercially and is unstable limiting its use .
Is It Dangerous
Though it is generally non-hazardous, it may pose a health risk if ingested [4, 5].
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