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What is the chemical formula for TNT?

Learn the chemical formula for TNT and who invented it.

TNT was discovered by J. Wilbrand in 1863. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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TNT was discovered by J. Wilbrand in 1863.

The chemical formula for TNT is 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (C7H5N3O6). TNT is a powerful, highly-explosive compound widely used in conventional bombs.

Discovered by J. Wilbrand in 1863, it is made by treating toluene with nitric acid and sulfuric acids. This yellow crystalline solid with a low melting point has low shock sensitivity and even burns without exploding. This makes it safe to handle and cast, but once detonated it explodes violently.

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