In the chapter of amines, and I see reaction occuring between amines and nitrous acid. However I am thinking why I don't see reactions of amines also react $\ce{HNO3}$ in presence of stronger acid like $\ce{H2SO4}$, that can protonate $\ce{HNO3}$, causes $\ce{H2O}$ to leave and then finally have amines to react with $\ce{NO2}$, making nitroamines?

  • $\begingroup$ chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/7/… $\endgroup$ – Mithoron May 9 '17 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, but in the link, I don't see amine reacting together with HNO3 per say like the way amine react with nitrous acid. $\endgroup$ – TLo May 9 '17 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ You mean if amine group can be nitrated? $\endgroup$ – Mithoron May 9 '17 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, like how you create N-nitrosamine. $\endgroup$ – TLo May 9 '17 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ My first comment there $\endgroup$ – Mithoron May 9 '17 at 14:45

Yes, you can form a nitroamine (nitramine) from a secondary amine and nitric/sulfuric acids. Some explosives have a nitramine structure (e.g. tetryl, RDX, HMX, HNIW).

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