From: Leah Rae McEwen <lrm1**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Nitration, safe work with nitric acid
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:51:21 +0000
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Just an FYI, for anyone who does not have access to the Bretherick's Handbook in a library, this resource is excerpted by the Hazardous Substances DataBase out of the National Library of Medicine, along with several other sources. This database is organized by compound with a section on Chemical Safety & Handling > Hazardous Reactivities & Incompatibilities.

It is openly searchable by the public via Toxnet ( or PubChem (


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Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 11:23
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Nitration, safe work with nitric acid

Another useful place to start (my usual go-to for reactive hazards) is Bretherick?s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, which is quite an expensive set of books (there?s two volumes), so you might want to visit your library to read it. Bretherick?s is basically an annotated bibliography of literature references on various reactive hazards. My copy of the 7th edition has about 35 pages of notes on nitric acid, including a few references specifically on nitric/acetic acid mixtures. It?s not a completely exhaustive source, but it?s well-organized so you have a high likelihood of finding relevant literature.


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On Apr 4, 2015, at 8:03 AM, Harry J. Elston > wrote:

A bit of a correction to Neal's note: As an ACS member, you get 25 free downloads from ACS Publications. Science Direct is an Elsevier product and requires some kind of paid subscription, either to the journal that you are reading or through a library.


On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 6:18 PM, NEAL LANGERMAN > wrote:

As an ACS member you get 25 free downloads from Science Direct each year. You can get them via that route.

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On Apr 3, 2015 3:54 PM, "Nadejda Spassova" > wrote:
Thanks to all of you for the good advices, it is well appreciated !
Tilak I went to the website address you gave me, but I am not capable to access those articles I do not have the credentials necessary to access it. Is it possible from you side to do something, thanks in advance.

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Please go through following links about the nitration safety:
Hazard factors of furans nitration in acetic anhydride media


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Nadejda Spassova
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2015 3:12 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Nitration, safe work with nitric acid

Hi all,

Recently I start working on a project involving nitration with nitric acid, does anyone has an experience with this kind of reaction ? Also we are mixing nitric acid and acetic acid and then adding the compound to be nitrate, how dangerous is the mixing of the two acids I read that they are incompatible ?

Kind regards,

Nadejda Spassova, Ph.D
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