Agent Name

Ammonium nitrite

CAS Number

13446-48-5

Formula

H3-N.H-N-O2

Major Category

Nitrogen Compounds

Synonyms

Nitrous acid, ammonium salt; [ChemIDplus] UN3219

Category

Nitrates and Nitrites

Description

Available as 20% solution: clear to yellow liquid; [MSDSonline] Very unstable and almost always handled as aqueous solution; [Ullmann]

Sources/Uses

Used to passivate boiler equipment and chemical plants; Used as a blowing agent in the production of hollow rubber materials; [Ullmann]

Comments

A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; May be harmful if swallowed; [MSDSonline] See "NITRATES and NITRITES."

Adverse Effects
Methemoglobinemia

Methemoglobinemia, Secondary

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