Cu + 4 HNO3 → Cu[NO3]2 + 2 NO2 + 2 H2O – Balanced equation

Or you want a quick look:

This is a complexation reaction: Cu[NO3]2 is the formed complex.

This is an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction:

Cu - 2 e- CuII (oxidation)

2 NV + 2 e- 2 NIV (reduction)

[external_link offset=2]

Cu is a reducing agent, HNO3 is an oxidizing agent.


  • Cu
    • Names: Copper , Copper (dusts and mists, as Cu) , Cu
    • Appearance: Solid in various forms. turns green on exposure to moist air ; Reddish, lustrous, malleable, odorless solid.
  • HNO3Nitric acid
    • Other names: Aqua fortis , Spirit of niter , Eau forte
    • Appearance: Colorless, yellow or red fuming liquid ; Colourless-to-yellow liquid with pungent odour ; Colorless, yellow, or red, fuming liquid with an acrid, suffocating odor. [Note: Often used in an aqueous solution. Fuming nitric acid is concentrated nitric acid that contains dissolved nitrogen dioxide.]


  • Cu[NO3]2
  • NO2Nitrogen dioxide
    • Other names: Nitrogen(IV) oxide , Deutoxide of nitrogen , Nitrogen peroxide
    • Appearance: Brown gas ; Reddish-brown gas or brown or yellow liquid with pungent odour ; Yellowish-brown liquid or reddish-brown gas (above 70°F) with a pungent, acrid odor. [Note: In solid form (below 15°F) it is found structurally as N2O4.]
  • H2OWater, oxidane
    • Other names: Water (H2O) , Hydrogen hydroxide (HH or HOH) , Hydrogen oxide
    • Appearance: White crystalline solid, almost colorless liquid with a hint of blue, colorless gas
READ  Fe(OH)2 + H2SO4 → FeSO4 + 2 H2O – Ausgeglichene Gleichung
See more articles in the category: Hóa học

Leave a Reply