# How does aqueous ammonia react with hypochlorous acid in water?

Here is what I have so far: $$\ce{NH3 + HOCl -> NH2Cl + H2O}$$ Since ammonia reacts with hypochlorous acid to form the chloramine $\ce{NH2Cl}$. But I don't know if this is correct.

• This is correct according to the Wikipedia entry on Chloramine – Waylander Apr 27 '17 at 12:02

Yes, aqueous ammonia will react with hypochlorous acid to form chloramine gas as suggested by @Waylander. But the reaction will also form an intermediate product i.e ammonium hypochlorite($\ce{NH4ClO}$).
$$\ce{HClO + NH3•H2O → NH4ClO + H2O}$$