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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 03:51
Sweet smell of AN fertilizer


I remember the last time when I was handling a lot of AN, I could smell it and it was very pleasantly sweet. What contributes to it?

Maybe it decomposes very slowly to N2O which has a slightly sweet smell?
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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 13:22


interesting..
you should take a kg and recrystallize however, to be sure it is that
in a PP plastic container with CaCl2 im not sure if the smell was actually the AN, or if it was the CaCl2, the place it was kept or the plastic that made the smell, but there surely was some very very faint smell you might take as being sweet
i think N2O doesnt give off any smell, you could put some boiling and let the N2O cool in a very clean plastic bottle, and then try to find out if it actually does have a smell?




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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 13:49


Nitrous oxide has a sweet smell and taste. Nitrogen dioxide smells "bleachy" to this nose. Perhaps because it is oxidizing my sinuses...

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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 16:48


no Bot0nist nitrogen dioxide smelled bleachy to me too the first time i encountered it.your sinuses are not toast yet.
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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 17:34


I just thought perhaps that's why hypochlorite solutions and chlorine and bromine smell kind of "bleachy" in low concentrations, that they where slowly working on my beak! My sense of smell is still in tact though. I can differentiate bleach from NOXious gases, but the similarity is uncanny to this observer.



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[*] posted on 15-7-2013 at 17:54


I think hypochlorite solutions smell "bleachy" because they are bleach. :P sorry I couldn't resist.

I agree with what you say, chlorine, bromine and NO2 smells similar, 'bleachy', but can be differentiated. To me, bromine smells worse than chlorine but chlorine brings more tears to my eyes than bromine.

I wonder what fluorine smells like...hehe




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