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Mercury I Nitrate Dihydrate

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mercury i nitrate dihydrate, a hydrated form of the noble gas, is one of the more recognizable mercury compounds. Known for its oxidizing properties and the ability to be reduced to elemental mercury, it is a common component in a wide variety of industrial products. The aqueous form can be dispensed in large quantities with little fuss and is readily available at your local hardware store. It is an excellent source of hydroxyl radicals and may be used for catalytic hydrogenation of alkenes, ketones, or alkynes. Alternatively, it can be distilled to produce pure mercurous nitrate and a variety of other hydrazulins. It is a common ingredient in the production of nitriles and polymers. The aqueous form is also useful in chemical analysis and biomedical research.