3 Hg + 8 HNO3 3 Hg(NO3)2 + 2 NO + 4 H2O

This is an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction:

2 NV + 6 e- 2 NII (reduction)

3 Hg0 - 6 e- 3 HgII (oxidation)

HNO3 is an oxidizing agent, Hg is a reducing agent.

Reactants:

  • Hg
    • Names: Mercury source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-07source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04, Hg source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-07, Quicksilver source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-07source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04
    • Appearance: Odourless heavy mobile silvery liquid metal source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04
  • HNO3Nitric acid source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02
    • Other names: Aqua fortis source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02, Spirit of niter source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02, Eau forte source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27
    • Appearance: Colorless, yellow or red fuming liquid source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27; Colourless-to-yellow liquid with pungent odour source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04; Colorless, yellow, or red, fuming liquid with an acrid, suffocating odor. [Note: Often used in an aqueous solution. Fuming nitric acid is concentrated nitric acid that contains dissolved nitrogen dioxide.] source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02

Products:

  • Hg(NO3)2
    • Names: Mercuric nitrate source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04, Mercury (II) nitrate source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04, Mercury dinitrate source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04
    • Appearance: Colourless crystals or white hygroscopic powder source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04
  • NONitrogen monoxide source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02, Oxidonitrogen(•) (additive) source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27
    • Other names: Nitric oxide source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02, Nitrogen(II) oxide source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27, Nitric oxide (radical) source: wikidata, accessed on: 2019-09-02
    • Appearance: Colourless gas source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27; Colourless compressed gas source: ICSC, accessed on: 2019-09-04; Colorless gas. [Note: Shipped as a nonliquefied compressed gas.] source: NIOSH NPG, accessed on: 2019-09-02
  • H2OWater, oxidane source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27
    • Other names: Water (H2O) source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27, Hydrogen hydroxide (HH or HOH) source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27, Hydrogen oxide source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27
    • Appearance: White crystalline solid, almost colorless liquid with a hint of blue, colorless gas source: wikipedia, accessed on: 2019-09-27