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
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flagthe Netherlands
13%
77%
0%
9%
22
flagCanada
18%
62%
13%
5%
37
flagItaly
21%
60%
8%
8%
23
flagRepublic of Ireland
40%
60%
0%
0%
10
flagAustralia
25%
58%
6%
9%
31
flagthe United Kingdom
23%
56%
6%
13%
273
flagIndia
23%
54%
14%
7%
241
flagPoland
28%
53%
5%
12%
5575
flagthe United States
24%
51%
13%
8%
482
flagNorway
24%
51%
6%
17%
29
flagGermany
28%
49%
8%
13%
69
flagMalaysia
21%
47%
21%
10%
19
flagFrance
14%
42%
7%
28%
14
flagthe Philippines
29%
38%
16%
9%
31
flagPakistan
26%
34%
0%
30%
23

Gender

men57%
women48%
sulphuric acid
20%
31%
nitric acid
57%
48%
hydrochloric acid
7%
5%
boric acid
14%
13%

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