3D model (JSmol)
|Density||1.70 g/mL, azeotrope|
(57% HI by weight)
|Boiling point||127 °C (261 °F; 400 K) 1.03 bar, azeotrope|
|S-phrases (outdated)||(S1/2), S26, S45|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Hydroiodic acid (or hydriodic acid) is a highly acidic aqueous solution of hydrogen iodide (HI) (concentrated solution usually 48 - 57% HI). It is the second strongest hydrohalic acid, after hydroastatic acid. Hydroiodic acid is a commonly used chemical reagent and is one of the strong acids that ionize completely in an aqueous solution. Concentrated hydroiodic acid has a pH of less than 0.
Hydroiodic acid readily reacts with oxygen in air, contributing to the deep colours associated with old samples;
- 4 HI + O2 → 2 H
2O + 2 I2
- HI + I2 → HI3
Like other halogens, hydroiodic acid will perform addition reactions with unsaturated hydrocarbons such as alkenes.
Hydroiodic acid is listed as a U.S. Federal DEA List I Chemical, owing to its use as a reducing agent related to the production of methamphetamine from pseudoephedrine (recovered from nasal decongestant pills). This reaction is stereospecific, producing only (d)-methamphetamine.
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