Why does dinitrogen react with lithium metal?

1 Answer
Jun 3, 2017

Answer:

Because dinitrogen is not really such an inert gas.............

Explanation:

And the action of an alkaline earth metal, or alkali metal are fierce reducing conditions.........

#3Li(s)+1/2N_2(g)rarrLi_3N(s)#...........

See here and elsewhere.

And under much milder reducing conditions dinitrogen can be cleaved by the action of certain bacteria in the roots of leguminous plants.