Silver cyanate

Silver cyanate is a chemical compound; it is the cyanate salt of silver.

Silver cyanate
Systematic IUPAC name
Silver(I) cyanate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.020.007
Molar mass 149.885 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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It can be prepared by the reaction of potassium cyanate or urea with silver nitrate.[1]

Silver cyanate is a beige to gray powder. It crystallises in the monoclinic crystal system in space group P21/m with parameters a = 547.3 pm, b = 637.2 pm, c = 341.6 pm, and β = 91°.[2]

With nitric acid, silver cyanate reacts to form silver nitrate, carbon dioxide, and ammonium nitrate.[3]

See also


  1. Willy Kühne (1868), Lehrbuch der physiologischen Chemie (in German)
  2. D. Britton, J. D. Dunitz: The crystal structure of silver cyanate, Acta Crystallogr. (1965). 18, 424-428, doi:10.1107/S0365110X65000944
  3. J. Milbauer: Bestimmung und Trennung der Cyanate, Cyanide, Rhodanide und Sulfide in Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry 42 (1903) 77-95, doi:10.1007/BF01302741.
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