2,3-Dimethyl-2,3-dinitro-n-butane, DMDNB, DMNB
3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||176.17 g·mol−1|
|Melting point||210 to 214 °C (410 to 417 °F; 483 to 487 K)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
DMDNB, or also DMNB, chemically 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane, is a volatile organic compound used as a detection taggant for explosives, mostly in the United States where it is virtually the only such taggant in use. Dogs are very sensitive to it and can detect as little as 0.5 parts per billion in the air, as can specialised ion mobility spectrometers. Its presence allows more reliable explosive detection.