Barium nitrate


Barium nitrate is the inorganic compound with the chemical formula Ba(NO3)2. It, like most barium salts, is colorless, toxic, and water-soluble. It burns with a green flame and is an oxidizer; the compound is commonly used in pyrotechnics.[4]

Barium nitrate
barium nitrate
Other names
Barium dinitrate,
, barium salt
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3D model (JSmol)
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  • CHEBI:190440
  • ChEMBL3184584
  • 23184 checkY
ECHA InfoCard 100.030.006 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 233-020-5
  • 24798
RTECS number
  • CQ9625000
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UN number 1446
  • DTXSID8049200 Edit this at Wikidata
  • InChI=1S/Ba.2NO3/c;2*2-1(3)4/q+2;2*-1 checkY
  • InChI=1/Ba.2NO2/c;2*2-1(3)4/q+2;2*-1
  • [Ba+2].[O-][N+]([O-])=O.[O-][N+]([O-])=O
Molar mass 261.337 g/mol
Appearance white, lustrous crystals
Odor odorless
Density 3.24 g/cm3
Melting point 592 °C (1,098 °F; 865 K) (decomposes)
4.95 g/100 mL (0 °C)
10.5 g/100 mL (25 °C)
34.4 g/100 mL (100 °C)
Solubility slightly soluble in acetone, and ethanol[1]
-66.5·10−6 cm3/mol
GHS labelling:
GHS03: OxidizingGHS06: ToxicGHS07: Exclamation mark
H272, H301, H302, H319, H332
P210, P220, P221, P261, P264, P270, P271, P280, P301+P310, P301+P312, P304+P312, P304+P340, P305+P351+P338, P312, P321, P330, P337+P313, P370+P378, P405, P501
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
NFPA 704 four-colored diamondHealth 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g. chlorine gasFlammability 0: Will not burn. E.g. waterInstability 3: Capable of detonation or explosive decomposition but requires a strong initiating source, must be heated under confinement before initiation, reacts explosively with water, or will detonate if severely shocked. E.g. hydrogen peroxideSpecial hazards (white): no code
Flash point noncombustible[2]
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
355 mg/kg (oral, rat)[citation needed]
187 mg/kg (rat, oral)[3]
79 mg Ba/kg (rabbit, oral)
421 mg Ba/kg (dog, oral)[3]
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3[2]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3[2]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
50 mg/m3[2]
Supplementary data page
Barium nitrate (data page)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Manufacture, occurrence, and reactions edit

Barium nitrate is manufactured by two processes that start with the main source material for barium, the carbonate. The first involves dissolving barium carbonate in nitric acid, allowing any iron impurities to precipitate, then filtered, evaporated, and crystallized. The second requires combining barium sulfide with nitric acid.[4]

It occurs naturally as the very rare mineral nitrobarite.[5][6]

At elevated temperatures, barium nitrate decomposes to barium oxide:

2Ba(NO3)2 → 2BaO + 4NO2 + O2

Applications edit

Barium nitrate is used in the production of BaO-containing materials.

Military edit

Although no longer produced, Baratol is an explosive composed of barium nitrate, TNT and binder; the high density of barium nitrate results in baratol being quite dense as well. Barium nitrate mixed with aluminium powder, a formula for flash powder, is highly explosive. It is mixed with thermite to form Thermate-TH3, used in military thermite grenades. Barium nitrate was also a primary ingredient in the "SR 365" incendiary charge used by the British in the De Wilde incendiary ammunition with which they armed their interceptor fighters, such as the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, during the Battle of Britain.[7] It is also used in the manufacturing process of barium oxide, the vacuum tube industry and for green fire in pyrotechnics.

Safety edit

Like all soluble barium compounds, barium nitrate is toxic by ingestion or inhalation.[8]

Solutions of sulfate salts such as Epsom salts or sodium sulfate may be given as first aid for barium poisoning, as they precipitate the barium as the insoluble (and non-toxic) barium sulfate.

Inhalation may also cause irritation to the respiratory tract.

While skin or eye contact is less harmful than ingestion or inhalation, it can still result in irritation, itching, redness, and pain.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have set occupational exposure limits at 0.5 mg/m3 over an eight-hour time-weighted average.[9]

References edit

  1. ^ John Rumble (June 18, 2018). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (99th ed.). CRC Press. pp. 4–41. ISBN 978-1138561632.
  2. ^ a b c d NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. "#0046". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  3. ^ a b "Barium (soluble compounds, as Ba)". Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  4. ^ a b Kresse, Robert; Baudis, Ulrich; Jäger, Paul; Riechers, H. Hermann; Wagner, Heinz; Winkler, Jocher; Wolf, Hans Uwe (2007). "Barium and Barium Compounds". In Ullman, Franz (ed.). Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/14356007.a03_325.pub2. ISBN 978-3527306732.
  5. ^ Mindat,
  6. ^ "List of Minerals". 21 March 2011.
  7. ^ Williams, Anthony G; Emmanuel Gustin (2004). "THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: ARMAMENT OF THE COMPETING FIGHTERS". Flying Guns: World War 2. Crowood Press. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012. The B. Mk VI 'De Wilde' incendiary (named after the original Belgian inventor but in fact completely redesigned by Major Dixon), which contained 0.5 grams of SR 365 (a composition including barium nitrate which ignited on impact with the target) was twice as effective as these, scoring one in five.
  8. ^ Barium Nitrate
  9. ^ CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards