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IUPAC name Cyanamide
Other names Amidocyanogen, carbamonitrile, carbimide, carbodiimide, cyanoamine, cyanoazane, N-cyanoamine, cyanogenamide, cyanogen nitride, hydrogen cyanamide
3D model (JSmol)
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RTECS number GS5950000
Molar mass 42.04 g/mol
Appearance Crystalline solid
Density 1.28 g/cm3 at 20 °C
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Solubility Organic solvents
Main hazards Toxic (T)
R-phrases R21 R25 R36/38 R43
S-phrases (S1/2) S3 S22 S36/37 S45
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
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Cyanamide (CN2H2) is an amide of cyanogen, a white, crystalline compound.

The term can also refer to a salt of this compound, having one or both of the hydrogen atoms replaced by another element or radical, such as in the most common case of calcium cyanamide (CaCN2), a compound used as a fertilizer and as a source of other compounds of nitrogen.


Cyanamide can be prepared by hydrolysis of calcium cyanamide in presence of carbon dioxide by Frank-Caro process:


Since mid-1960s, there have been developed procedures to produce stabilized for industry use. Cyanamide is used as a plant growth modulator and has many uses in chemical industry.

Safety risks

Aqueous solutions of cyanamide with high concentration may undergo explosive polymerisation when heated. Stability of its solution can be risen by addition of a dicarboxylic acid such as adipic acid.[1]


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