Synthesis of Mercury Azide

Dissolve 6.25 g of mercury(II) nitrate in 100 mL of water, 10.5 g of sodium azide in 100 mL of water then combine the solutions. Filter, wash with 300 mL of water and store underwater in the dark.

2 NaN3 + Hg(NO3)2 = Hg(N3)2 + 2 NaNO3


Lead Azide precipitate

After the solutions were combined the mercury azide immediately precipitated

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