Magnesium compounds: magnesium nitrate hexahydrate

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The magnesium in magnesium nitrate hexahydrate formally is in the oxidation state 2.

Magnesium nitrate hexahydrate

  • Formula as often written: Mg(NO3)2.6H2O
  • Hill system formula: H12Mg1N2O12
  • CAS registry number: [13446-18-9]
  • Formula weight: 256.407
  • Class: complex


  • magnesium nitrate hexahydrate
  • magnesium(II) nitrate 6-water
  • magnesium dinitrate 6-water

Physical properties

  • Colour: white
  • Appearance: crystalline solid
  • Melting point: 90°C (decomposes to nitrogen oxides)
  • Boiling point: decomposes at 129
  • Density: 1460 kg m-3


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Element analysis

Element percentages for the elements in magnesium nitrate hexahydrate
Element %
H 4.72
Mg 9.48
N 10.93
O 74.88


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Isotope pattern

What follows is the calculated isotope pattern for the Mg(NO3)2.6H2O unit with the most intense ion set to 100%.

Formula: Mg1N2O12H12

mass  %
256 100.0 __________________________________________________
257 14.0 _______
258 16.5 ________
259 0.5
260 0.4


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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  • A.R.West in Basic solid state chemistry Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • A.F. Wells in Structural inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford, UK, 1975.
  • J.D.H. Donnay, (ed.) in Crystal data determinative tables, ACA monograph number 5, American Crystallographic Association, USA, 1963.
  • D.R. Lide, (ed.) in Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 77th edition, 1996.
  • J.W. Mellor in A comprehensive treatise on inorganic and theoretical chemistry, volumes 1-16, Longmans, London, UK, 1922-1937.
  • J.E. Macintyre (ed.) in Dictionary of inorganic compounds, volumes 1-3, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992.

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