Making Nitrogen TriiodideHow may nitrogen triiodide be produced? In pure form, it is quite a complex task, beyond the resources of most budding chemists. However, in not-so-pure form, it is made by combining iodine (I₂) with ammonia (NH₃) dissolved in water—ammonium hydroxide (NH₃ + H₂O → NH₄OH)—existing in complex form with molecules of ammonia, apparently [NI₃·(NH₃)n] where n is 1 or 3.
Consequences?More importantly, is it simply the fun stuff of pranks, or is it dangerous to use? Hopefully the reader is a person of good sense. Watch the video below to see if you don’t agree it is too dangerous to casually play with as some sort of student play toy.
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