Is nitrogen reactive?

1 Answer
Oct 29, 2016


Generally no,


The dinitrogen molecule is so unreactive, so inert, that it is commonly used as an inert gas to blanket inorganic reactions, and prevent the ingress of oxygen and water. The lack of reactivity stems from the strength and stability of the #N-=N# bond.

Under special circumstances, i.e. reaction with oxygen, or reaction with lithium metal, dinitrogen can be oxidized or reduced, but these require special conditions.

Deep sea divers, who may breathe elevated concentrations of dinitrogen are made aware of the intoxicating effects of nitrogen narcosis.