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Ammonium acetate is a chemical compound with the formula NH4C2H3O2. It is a white solid, which can be derived from the reaction of ammonia and acetic acid. It is available commercially, and depending on grade, can be rather inexpensive.
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Uses and distinctive properties
As the salt of a weak acid and a weak base, ammonium acetate has a number of distinctive properties.
NH4C2H3O2 is hygroscopic. It decomposes easily at elevated temperatures into acetamide.
In this reaction, a salt is converted to two molecular species, which is a relatively uncommon conversion at mild temperatures.
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