Which acid is used for the production of explosives?

sulphuric acid
nitric acid
hydrochloric acid
boric acid
Nitric acid is the primary reagent used for ni­tra­tion - the addition of a nitro group. Ni­tra­tion re­ac­tions are notably used for the pro­duc­tion of ex­plo­sives, for example syn­the­sis of ni­tro­glyc­er­ine, the con­ver­sion of guani­dine to ni­troguani­dine and the con­ver­sion of toluene to trini­tro­toluene (TNT).

Answers distribution

sulphuric acid
nitric acid
hydrochloric acid
boric acid
answers
flagthe Netherlands
14%
67%
8%
8%
34
flagItaly
23%
61%
7%
7%
26
flagCanada
21%
56%
17%
4%
46
flagthe United Kingdom
24%
55%
6%
13%
342
flagPoland
28%
53%
5%
12%
8198
flagSweden
46%
53%
0%
0%
13
flagIndia
25%
52%
12%
8%
326
flagGermany
28%
52%
6%
12%
94
flagAustralia
28%
52%
10%
7%
38
flagthe United States
24%
51%
14%
8%
564
flagNorway
21%
50%
7%
21%
38
flagIndonesia
25%
50%
16%
8%
12
flagMalaysia
19%
46%
26%
7%
26
flagUnknown
34%
43%
7%
13%
362
flagPakistan
29%
43%
2%
19%
41
flagthe United Arab Emirates
23%
41%
23%
11%
17
flagFrance
19%
38%
9%
28%
21
flagSpain
38%
38%
7%
7%
13
flagthe Philippines
30%
35%
16%
11%
42
flagSingapore
50%
21%
7%
21%
14

Gender

men53%
women47%
sulphuric acid
25%
31%
nitric acid
53%
47%
hydrochloric acid
6%
5%
boric acid
14%
15%

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