# Why does dinitrogen react with lithium metal?

Jun 3, 2017

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.........

$3 L i \left(s\right) + \frac{1}{2} {N}_{2} \left(g\right) \rightarrow L {i}_{3} N \left(s\right)$...........

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.