Xenon nitrate
3D model (JSmol)
  • InChI=1S/N2O6Xe/c3-1(4)7-9-8-2(5)6
  • [O-][N+](=O)O[Xe]O[N+](=O)[O-]
Molar mass 255.301 g·mol−1
Related compounds
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Xenon nitrate, also called xenon dinitrate, is an inorganic compound consisting of one xenon atom bonded to two nitrate groups. It can be made by reacting xenon difluoride with anhydrous nitric acid, but it only exists transiently before decomposing, and therefore it has not been isolated and full characterized. A related compound, xenon fluoride nitrate, has been made and is stable enough to be studied in more detail.


Attempted production has used the following reaction:[1][2]

XeF2 + 2 HNO3 → Xe(NO3)2 + 2 HF

This reaction makes a red-brown solid. However, it decomposes spontaneously at 23 °C, turning blue temporarily while doing so:[2]

Xe(NO3)2 → Xe + O2NOONO2 (an unstable nitrogen peroxide)


  1. ^ Moran, Matthew D. (2007). Synthesis and Structural Characterization of new Xenon(II) Compounds and the Use of a Xenon(II) Cation as an Oxidant for the Preparation of Halogenated Hydrocarbons (PDF) (PhD). McMaster University. pp. 42, 99–145. Retrieved 4 Oct 2014.
  2. ^ a b Eisenberg, Max; Darryl D. DesMarteau (1970). "The reaction of xenon difluoride with some strong oxy-acids". Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry Letters. 6 (1): 29–34. doi:10.1016/0020-1650(70)80279-3. ISSN 0020-1650.