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How To Make Picric Acid

‘How to produce picric acid at home’ teaches the novice how picric acid can be synthesized from the scratch. The method mentioned in this paper is relatively simple and the items used to create this chemical are commonly available.

In this paper picric acid will be created using acetylsalicylic acid, sulfuric acid and either potassium or sodium nitrate. The ratios given there are 40g acetylsalicylic acid, 150ml sulfuric acid and 77g potassium or 58g sodium nitrate = 1 : 3,75 : 1,9 – acetylsalicylic acid : sulfuric acid : potassium nitrate. The method is efficient because it gives higher yield.

Learn to produce picric acid at home with the items that are commonly available.

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