Ammonium bisulfate

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Ammonium bisulfate
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Ball-and-stick model of an ammonium cation (left) and a bisulfite anion (right)
Sample of ammonium bisulfate.jpg
IUPAC name
Ammonium hydrogen sulfate
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ChemSpider 23057 YesY
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PubChem 16211166
RTECS number WS990000
Molar mass 115.11 g/mol
Appearance White solid
Density 1.78 g/cm3
Melting point 147 °C (297 °F; 420 K)
Very soluble
Solubility in other solvents Soluble in methanol
insoluble in acetone
MSDS External MSDS
EU Index Not listed
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g., chlorine gas Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Related compounds
Other anions
Ammonium thiosulfate
Ammonium sulfite
Ammonium sulfate
Ammonium persulfate
Other cations
Sodium bisulfate
Potassium bisulfate
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Ammonium bisulfate, also known as ammonium hydrogen sulfate, is a white, crystalline solid with formula (NH4)HSO4. It is the product of the half-neutralization of sulfuric acid by ammonia.


It is commonly collected as a byproduct of the "acetone cyanohydrin route" to the commodity chemical methyl methacrylate.[1]

It can also be obtained by hydrolysis of sulfamic acid in aqueous solution, which produces the salt in high purity:

H3NSO3 + H2O → [NH4]+[HSO4]

It also arises by the thermal decomposition of ammonium sulfate:

(NH4)2SO4 → (NH4)HSO4 + NH3


It can be further neutralized with ammonia to form ammonium sulfate, a valuable fertilizer. It can be used as a weaker alternative to sulfuric acid, although sodium bisulfate is much more common.


  1. ^ William Bauer, Jr. "Methacrylic Acid and Derivatives" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2002, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a16_441.