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Deville rebooted – practical N 2 O 5 synthesis †

Edwards, Lee ORCID:, Kariuki, Benson M. ORCID:, Didsbury, Matthew, Jones, Christopher D. and Wirth, Thomas ORCID: 2024. Deville rebooted – practical N 2 O 5 synthesis †. Chemical Communications 10.1039/d4cc01403k

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Dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5), the anhydride of nitric acid, was synthesised by Henri Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville in Paris in 1849 using silver nitrate and chlorine gas. Herein, we revisit, optimise, and modify Deville's method using photocatalysis to enable a safe, clean, practical, and reproducible alternative for N2O5 synthesis in quantitative yields. Moreover, it is predicted that the modifications can accommodate an industrial scale-up, but the silver chloride generated must be recycled.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:, Start Date: 2024-05-09
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1359-7345
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2024
Date of Acceptance: 8 May 2024
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:00

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