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THE DESTRUCTIVE ACTION OF LIGHT ON NITROALKANES
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV
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Study of the spectra of nitro compounds showed that daylight has a destructive effect on nitroalkanes and their salts in aqueous solutions. Data indicated that the closer the wavelength of the incident light to the absorption maximum of the anion of the nitroalkane, the more intense the decomposition effect. The K salts of dinitromethane, 1,1-dinitroethane, and 1,1-dinitropropane were almost completely decomposed as the wavelength of the incident light approached their absorption maximum. This article suggests that new precautionary measures may be necessary in handling this class of liquid propellants. Author
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