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Sodium amide
IUPAC name Sodium amide, sodium azanide
Other names Sodamide
CAS number 7782-92-5
PubChem 24533
EC number 231-971-0
SMILES [NH2-].[Na+]
Molecular formula NaNH2
Molar mass 39.01 g mol−1
Appearance Colourless crystals
Odor ammonia-like
Density 1.39 g cm−3
Melting point

210 °C, 483 K, 410 °F

Boiling point

400 °C, 673 K, 752 °F

Solubility in water reacts
Solubility 0.004 g/100 mL (liquid ammonia), reacts in ethanol
Acidity (pKa) 38 (conjugate acid)
Crystal structure orthorhombic
Std enthalpy of
formation ΔfHo298
-118.8 kJ/mol
Standard molar
entropy So298
76.9 J/mol K
Specific heat capacity, C 66.15 J/mol K
NFPA 704

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Related compounds
Other anions Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide
Other cations Lithium amide
Potassium amide
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Sodium amide, also known as sodamide, is a chemical compound. It contains sodium and amide ions. Its chemical formula is NaNH2. It is a very strong base, even stronger than hydroxides like sodium hydroxide. It reacts violently with water. It is a white solid, although it can be gray. It is made by reacting sodium metal with liquid or gaseous ammonia. It is used to make hydrazine and sodium azide. It is used to make various chemicals. It reacts with water to make ammonia and sodium hydroxide. It burns in air to make oxides of sodium and nitrogen, such as nitrogen dioxide. If there is only a little air, explosive chemicals may form. If it turns yellow or brown, get rid of it immediately. It is corrosive because it is a strong base.

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