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Mannitol hexanitrate
CAS number 15825-70-4
PubChem 61818
Molecular formula C6H8N6O18
Molar mass 452.15712
Density 1.604 g/cc
Melting point

112 °C = 234 °F

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Mannitol hexanitrate is a powerful explosive. Physically, it is a powdery solid at normal temperature ranges, with density 1.6. The chemical name is hexanitromannitol and it is also known by nitromannite, MHN, nitromannitol, nitranitol, or mannitrin. It is less stable than nitroglycerin, and it is used in detonators.

Mannitol hexanitrate is a secondary explosive formed by the nitration of mannitol, a sugar alcohol. The product is used in medicine as a vasodilator and as an explosive in blasting caps. Its sensitivity is considerably high, particularly at high temperatures (>75 °C) where it is more sensitive than nitroglycerine.

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