CHEBI:63038 - ammonium nitrate

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ChEBI Name ammonium nitrate
Definition The ammonium salt of nitric acid.
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Submitter Vincent J Fazio
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Formula H4N2O3
Net Charge 0
Average Mass 80.04340
Monoisotopic Mass 80.022
InChI InChI=1S/NO3.H3N/c2-1(3)4;/h;1H3/q-1;/p+1
SMILES [NH4+].[O-][N+]([O-])=O
Roles Classification
Chemical Role(s): oxidising agent
A substance that removes electrons from another reactant in a redox reaction.
A substance capable of undergoing rapid and highly exothermic decomposition.
Application(s): fertilizer
A fertilizer is any substance that is added to soil or water to assist the growth of plants.
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Outgoing ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) has role explosive (CHEBI:63490)
ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) has role fertilizer (CHEBI:33287)
ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) has role oxidising agent (CHEBI:63248)
ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) is a ammonium salt (CHEBI:47704)
ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) is a inorganic molecular entity (CHEBI:24835)
ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038) is a inorganic nitrate salt (CHEBI:51084)
Incoming ammonium sulfate nitrate (CHEBI:140457) has part ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038)
calcium ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:91238) has part ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038)
urea ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:88276) has part ammonium nitrate (CHEBI:63038)
ammonium nitrate
Synonyms Sources
Ammonium nitricum ChemIDplus
Ammonium saltpeter ChemIDplus
Ammonium(I) nitrate (1:1) ChemIDplus
Nitrate d'ammonium ChemIDplus
Nitrate of ammonia ChemIDplus
Nitrato amonico ChemIDplus
Nitric acid ammonium salt (1:1) ChemIDplus
Nitric acid, ammonium salt ChemIDplus
Norway saltpeter ChemIDplus
Manual Xref Database
Ammonium_nitrate Wikipedia
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Registry Numbers Types Sources
13203931 Reaxys Registry Number Reaxys
6484-52-2 CAS Registry Number ChemIDplus
Last Modified
22 March 2018
General Comment
2013-09-30 Being an oxidising agent, ammonium nitrate (AN) is commonly mixed with fuel to make explosives. Under normal conditions, it is quite stable (i.e. it is an ingredient of many explosives, rather than an explosive itself). However, when heated (e.g. in a fire), AN can decompose, producing oxygen and a lot of heat. The heat produced causes more AN to decompose, generating more heat, and so on, while the oxygen produced causes the fire to burn more vigorously. The result is that once started, the thermal decomposition is generally impossible to stop and will often end in an explosion - see, for example,