Synthesis of Nitrocellulose

Introduction

Nitrocellulose is a highly flammable polymer made from Cellulose. Burning small quantities of it makes a very entertaining flash. It is also relatively safe to burn, as you will see, making it a great compound for demonstrations or just to amaze someone. It is also known as Flash Paper, Flash Cotton or Guncotton.

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Nitrations

Introduction

Nitration is a common lab reaction. The theory behind it is a bit complex and I’m going to use this reaction in various synthesis. Because of it, I decided to write a post just about the theory behind Nitrations. Thus, any time I need to use it I can reference this post for a deeper explanation of the process.

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