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"The purpose of this project was to study the rapid rate of reaction of nitrogen dioxide and ammonia and if possible to determine the mechanism of the reaction.

The author became interested in this project through his interest in rockets, jets, and the types of fuel that are used to propel them.

The prospect of using nitrogen dioxide and ammonia as a possible fuel was the basic reason for the selection of this project.

Very little has been done in the study of the reaction of nitrogen dioxide and ammonia, although the reaction seems to be a simple one.

How fast does the reaction go to completion and what are the products of the reaction? What path does the reaction follow when an excess of nitrogen dioxide or ammonia is used and what effect does temperature have upon the formation of the reaction products? These are some of the unanswered questions for which the author has tried to find an answer.

The author feels that this project is of importance, because as mentioned before, very little has been done on the reaction and there is a possibility that the reaction may be of some economic value as a rocket propellant.

It is essential that the fuel used in rockets and jets be cheap and that the products of combustion of the oxidant and the reductant be gaseous.

Such is the ease in the reaction of nitrogen dioxide and ammonia.

Nitrogen dioxide and ammonia are very cheap to produce. Nitrogen dioxide is produced by oxidation of atmospheric nitrogen. Reduction of nitric oxide, nitrous oxide, and nitrogen dioxide produces ammonia.

Neither nitrogen dioxide nor ammonia is very difficult to handle and neither is as susceptible to chance detonation as many other oxidants and reductants.

It is believed that much has been learned from the study of the reaction between nitrogen dioxide and ammonia concerning the amount and type of gaseous products formed, the amount and type or solid products formed from the reaction, and the possibility of using the reaction in a commercial application.

It is the author's intention to arrive at an overall balanced equation for the reaction of nitrogen dioxide and ammonia, and to give some definite conclusions regarding the reaction"--Introduction, pages 1-2.


Russell, Robert R.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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v, 82 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 80-81).


© 1952 George Jr. Dillender, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Chemical kinetics
Nitrogen dioxide -- Analysis
Ammonia -- Analysis

Thesis Number

T 1010

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