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What is zinc nitrite?

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Zinc nitrite is a salt of zinc obtained by adding sodium nitrite to zinc sulphate, using alcohol as a liquid medium. The molecular formula of zinc nitrite is Zn(NO2)2, and its molecular weight is 157.42 grams.

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What is zinc nitrite?
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Zinc nitrite decomposes very quickly upon reacting with water, so it cannot be prepared by using water. It is a covalent molecule and has a double bond between an atom of oxygen and nitrogen. An aqueous solution of zinc nitrite can be prepared by using a zinc compound with any base and then carrying out electrolysis. The reaction that leads to the formation of zinc nitrite is called a double-decomposition reaction.

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