I do not have many specifics on this explosive such as sensitivity or detonation velocity. This procedure requires that the reactants be heated in a sealed tube, it is advisable to evacuate this tube of air as the expansion of heated air may cause it to burst. Also note that the boiling temperature of this compound is for a low vacuum pressure. This material will decompose at 177 °C.
|benzaldehyde||500-mL Erlenmeyer flask|
1-phenyl-2-nitro-1-propene can be prepared by reacting 153 mL of benzaldehyde with 108 mL of nitroethane plus 13.6 g of isopropylamine in a sealed round bottomed 500-mL Erlenmeyer flask heated by submerging in a water bath for 2 hours. After heating the flask, allow it to cool to room temperature and shake, a yellow crystalline product should be obtained. The crystals are filtered to collect them and washed with water. They are then recrystallized from warm methyl alcohol. Yield is about 57%. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids.
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