Learn the chemical formula for TNT and who invented it.
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.