PETN's preparation involves the nitration of pentaerythritol with a mixture of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acid. The preferred method of nitration is the ICI method, which utilizes concentrated nitric acid (98%+) alone, as mixed acid can create unstable sulfonated by-products.
C(CH2OH)4 + 4HNO3 → C(CH2ONO2)4 + 4H2O
Peekay wrote:Nitrating the latter is best left to the loons (and I've known some); NO2 is given off in furious quantities. I've heard of fifteen year-old lads fleeing their bedrooms when reality hits home. Dad comes home to find he's lost his house and not a bailiff in sight.
I know one that is missing his right forearm. Is this the sugar/weedkiller combination?
The poor boy blew his arm off in the garden shed tinkering with things that go bang.
floweredpig wrote:Set the controls for the heart of the sun.
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