Zinc nitrate

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Zinc nitrate
Zinc nitrate
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CAS number 7779-88-6 YesY
19154-63-3 (tetrahydrate)
10196-18-6 (hexahydrate)
PubChem 24518
ChemSpider 22926 YesY
EC number 231-943-8
UN number 1514
RTECS number ZH4772000
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Molecular formula Zn(NO3)2
Molar mass 189.36 g/mol (anhydrous)
297.49 g/mol (hexahydrate)
Appearance colorless, deliquescent crystals
Density 2.065 g/cm3 (hexahydrate)
Melting point 110 °C (anhydrous)
45.5 °C (trihydrate)
36.4 °C (hexahydrate)
Boiling point ~125 °C, decomp (hexahydrate)
Solubility in water 327 g/100 mL, 40 °C (trihydrate)
184.3 g/100 ml, 20 °C (hexahydrate)
Solubility very soluble in alcohol
EU Index Not listed
Main hazards Oxidant, may explode on heating
Flash point Non-flammable
Related compounds
Other anions Zinc sulfate
Zinc chloride
Other cations Cadmium nitrate
Mercury(II) nitrate
Related compounds Copper(II) nitrate
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Zinc nitrate is a highly deliquescent substance which is usually prepared by dissolving zinc in nitric acid. It can be used as a mordant in dyeing. An example reaction gives a precipitate of zinc carbonate:

Zn(NO3)2 + Na2CO3 → ZnCO3 + 2 NaNO3.

Conditions/substances to avoid are: reducing agents, organic materials, metal powders, heat and flame, cyanides, sodium hypophosphite, tin(IV) chloride, phosphorus, thiocyanates, carbon, and sulfur.

Zinc nitrate is soluble in both water and alcohol. It is a white, crystalline solid.

On heating, it forms zinc oxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxygen. It gives a residue that is yellow when hot and white when cold.

Zinc forms zinc nitrate in reaction with nitric acid, but depending on the concentration of the acid it reacts differently:

Zn + 2 HNO3 (dilluted) → Zn(NO3)2 + H2
4 Zn + 10 HNO3 (concentrated) → 4 Zn(NO3)2 + NH4NO3 + 3 H2O


LiNO3 Be(NO3)2 B C (NH4)2NO3 O FNO3 Ne
NaNO3 Mg(NO3)2 Al(NO3)3 Si P S ClONO2 Ar
KNO3 Ca(NO3)2 Sc(NO3)3 Ti V Cr(NO3)3 Mn(NO3)2 Fe(NO3)3 Co(NO3)2,
Ni(NO3)2 Cu(NO3)2 Zn(NO3)2 Ga(NO3)3 Ge As Se Br Kr
RbNO3 Sr(NO3)2 Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd(NO3)2 AgNO3 Cd(NO3)2 In Sn Sb Te I Xe
CsNO3 Ba(NO3)2   Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg2(NO3)2,
Tl(NO3)3 Pb(NO3)2 Bi(NO3)2 Po At Rn
Fr Ra   Rf Db Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Uut Fl Uup Lv Uus Uuo
La Ce(NO3)x Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd(NO3)3 Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu
Ac Th Pa UO2(NO3)2 Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr