University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 106-109.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202006005

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The Story of Fulminic Acid and Fulminates

Changqing Wang(), Xiaohua Cao, Chanjuan Zhong, Jianguo Wang, Ping Yan   

  • Received:2020-06-01 Accepted:2020-07-20 Published:2020-07-27
  • Contact: Changqing Wang


This article describes an introduction of fulminic acid. The story of fulminic acid and fulminates was introduced from the discovery of mercury fulminate to the concept of isomers and the success of Alfred Nobel in the development of explosives. This process provides a good example of integrating science and technology.

Key words: Fulminic acid, Mercury fulminate, Isomer, Explosive