Ammonium chloride

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</table> Ammonium chloride or Sal Ammoniac (chemically ammonium chloride (NH4Cl); also zalmiak, sal armagnac, sal armoniac, and salt armoniack) is, in its pure form, a clear white water-soluble crystalline salt with a biting taste. In nature, the substance occurs in volcanic regions, forming on volcanic rocks near fume-releasing vents. The crystals sublimate directly from the gaseous state, and tend to be short-lived, as they dissolve easily in water. It is easy to produce artificially and is often created as a byproduct of other industries.


Historically it was considered one of the four alchemical "spirits". The way that it dissociates into two corrosive materials (ammonia and hydrochloric acid) which attack metals convinced eager alchemists that it might hold the key to converting one metal to another.

In modern times it found use as an electrolyte for dry-cell batteries and as a fertilizer for use when growing rice.

It is also sold in blocks at hardware stores for use in cleaning the tip of a soldering iron and can also be included in solder as flux.

Other uses include a feed supplement for cattle, in hair shampoo, in textile printing, in the glue that bonds plywood, as an ingredient in nutritive media for yeast, in cleaning products, and as cough medicine. Its expectorant action is caused by irritative action on the bronchial mucosa. This causes the production of excess respiratory tract fluid which presumably is easier to cough up.

In several countries sal ammoniac is used to spice up liquorice-type dark candies (Finland's salmiakki is a popular example), and as a flavoring for vodkas.

In history

Sal Ammoniac was named after it was observed in the Temple of Zeus-Ammon in Egypt; its name means "salt of Ammon". It was the white crystalline substance that remained on the ceiling and walls after camel dung was burned. The modern name "ammonium" comes from Sal Ammoniac. There are a few stories of Alexander the Great finding such crystals in the coal seams of Tajikistan. The substance was known as naosha (Template:Zh-cp) in China, nao sadar in India, and nushadir in Persia and Arabic countries.

See also

de:Ammoniumchlorid nl:Salmiak ja:塩化アンモニウム pl:Chlorek amonu fi:Ammoniumkloridi




Name Ammonium chloride
Chemical formula NH4Cl
Appearance white crystalline powder


Formula weight 53.4913
Melting point 338°C (640F) sublimes
Boiling point 520°C (968F)
Density 1.527
Crystal structure Isometric
Solubility 29.7g/100g water @ 0°C


ΔfH0gas   kJ/mol
ΔfH0liquid   kJ/mol
ΔfH0solid -314.55 kJ/mol
S0gas, 1 bar   J/mol·K
S0liquid, 1 bar   J/mol·K
S0solid 94.85 J/mol·K


Ingestion Induce vomiting. If victim is conscious and alert, give 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water.Seek medical help
Inhalation Remove from exposure to fresh air. Seek medical help
Skin Wash off with plenty of soap and water
Eyes Flush eyes with plenty of clean water. Seek medical help.
More info Hazardous Chemical Database (

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