Title: Magnesium Amide
CAS Registry Number: 7803-54-5
Additional Names: Magnesium diamide
Molecular Formula: H4MgN2
Molecular Weight: 56.35
Percent Composition: H 7.15%, Mg 43.13%, N 49.71%
Line Formula: Mg(NH2)2
Literature References: Prepd by the action of ammonia on an ether soln of magnesium diethyl or on magnesium activated with iodine (at 400°): Terentiew, Z. Anorg. Chem. 162, 351 (1927); Schlenk, Jr., Ber. 64, 738 (1931). Prepd from metal and liquid ammonia at high pressure: Juza, Jacobs, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 5, 247 (1966); eidem, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 370, 245 (1969).
Properties: White powder or crystals. d425 1.39. Catches fire in air. Dec on heating. Reacts violently with water, evolving ammonia.
Density: d425 1.39
Use: Polymerization catalyst.