Barium azide
Other names
Barium dinitride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 242-594-6
UN number 1687
  • InChI=1S/Ba.2N3/c;2*1-3-2/q+2;2*-1 checkY
  • [Ba+2].[N-]=[N+]=[N-].[N-]=[N+]=[N-]
Molar mass 221.37 g/mol
Appearance White crystalline solid
Odor Odourless
Density 2.936 g/cm3[1]
Melting point 126 °C (259 °F; 399 K)
Boiling point 160 °C (320 °F; 433 K) (initial decomposition)[2] >217 °C (deflagrates)
180 °C (initial decomposition),[3] 225 °C explosion
11.5 g/100 mL (0 °C)
14.98 g/100 mL (15.7 °C)
15.36 g/100 mL (20 °C)
22.73 g/100 mL (52.1 °C)
24.75 g/100 mL (70 °C)[4]
Solubility in ethanol 0.017 g/100 mL (16 °C)[5]
Solubility in acetone Insoluble
Solubility in ether Insoluble
GHS labelling:
GHS01: ExplosiveGHS06: Toxic
H200, H301, H315, H319, H331, H335
P210, P240, P264, P280, P305+P351+P338, P310
Safety data sheet (SDS) [1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Barium azide is an inorganic azide with the formula Ba(N3)2. It is a barium salt of hydrazoic acid. Like most azides, it is explosive. It is less sensitive to mechanical shock than lead azide.


Barium azide may be prepared by reacting sodium azide with a soluble barium salt. Care should be taken to prevent large crystals from forming in the solution as barium azide crystals will explode if subjected to friction/shock or if fully dried. The product should be stored submerged in ethanol.[citation needed]


Barium azide can be used to make azides of magnesium, sodium, potassium, lithium, rubidium and zinc with their respective sulfates.[4]

Ba(N3)2 + Li2SO4 → 2 LiN3 + BaSO4

It can also be used as a source for high purity nitrogen by heating:

Ba(N3)2 → Ba + 3 N2

This reaction liberates metallic barium, which is used as a getter in vacuum applications.

See also


  1. ^ Fedoroff, Basil T.; Aaronson, Henry A.; Reese, Earl F.; Sheffield, Oliver E.; Clift, George D.; Dunkle, Cyrus G.; Walter, Hans; McLean, Dan C. (1960). Encyclopedia of Explosives and Related Items. Vol. 1. US Army Research and Development Command TACOM, ARDEC ((cite encyclopedia)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ Tiede, Erich (1916). "Die Zersetzung der Alkali- und Erdalkali-azide im Hochvakuum zur Reindarstellung von Stickstoff". Ber. Dtsch. Chem. Ges. (in German). 49 (2): 1742–1745. doi:10.1002/cber.19160490234.
  3. ^ Audrieth, L. F. (1934). "Hydrazoic Acid and Its Inorganic Derivatives". Chem. Rev. 15 (2): 169–224. doi:10.1021/cr60051a002.
  4. ^ a b H. D. Fair; R. F. Walker, eds. (1977). Physics and Chemistry of the Inorganic Azides. Energetic Materials. Vol. 1. New York and London: Plenum Press. ISBN 9781489950093.
  5. ^ Curtius, T.; Rissom, J. (1898). "Neue Untersuchungen über den Stickstoffwasserstoff N3H". J. Prakt. Chem. (in German). 58 (1): 261–309. doi:10.1002/prac.18980580113.