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Lead picrate, Pb(C6H2(NO2)3O)2, is an organic chemical compound from the group of picrates, salt of picric acid and lead with a +2 oxidation state. It is an initiating explosive, and thus highly sensitive.[1]

Lead picrate
Lead picrate.svg
IUPAC name
Other names
Lead dipicrate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.210.303
Molar mass 663.4 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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For demonstration purposes, it can be most easily and safely prepared in situ. Picric acid is mixed with red lead (Pb3O4), and then heated. It is not recommended that more than 50 mg is ever made at any one time. At around 130–160 °C, as the picric acid melts, the mixture detonates violently.


  1. ^ Jai Prakash Agrawal (2015). High Energy Materials: Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics. John Wiley & Sons.