explodes at 270 °C
|Lead Picrate||molecular mass
Pb(C6H2(NO2)3O)2 . H2O
Lead picrate is a very unstable primary explosive compound. Its manufacture is simple, and the chemicals used in the preparation are not all that exotic. The main ingredient in lead picrate is the explosive picric acid, its manufacture is listed in its own section. Another chemical precursor, lead monoxide, also known as litharge or white lead, is supposedly available for use in plumbing. If my plumber used lead in my pipes he would get fired. Check out plumbing stores but do not hold your breath. Until I actually find some for sale it would seem better to make it. Lead picrate crystals are very sensitive to friction, shock, and heat. The crystals may even detonate from their own weight. This explosive is usually found in a monohydrate form. It was first patented in France in 1872 for use in blasting caps and bullet primers.
|lead monoxide||small beaker|
|methyl alcohol||crystallization dish|
|picric acid||stirring rod|
In a small beaker, dissolve 2 g of picric acid in 10 mL of methyl alcohol and stir with a wooden or plastic stirring rod until the picric acid dissolves. Slowly add 2 g of lead monoxide to the solution while stirring. The solution may thicken at this time, you must prevent the formation of large clumps in solution or dried crystals on the side of the beaker. At this point pour the solution onto a crystallization dish and let it evaporate. The lead picrate can be dried faster by heating on a steam or water bath, this will give the product more stability as well. Dried lead picrate is very sensitive to friction, shock, and heat. A large pile of the crystals may detonate themselves from their own weight, so spread them out as much as possible. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids.
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