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(Ceric Ammonium Nitrate)

Other Names:

Ammonium cerium(IV) nitrate

Diammonium cerium(IV) nitrate

General Information:



CAS Number: 16774-21-3

Molecular Weight: 548.26 g/mol

Appearance: Red/orange solid

Melting Point: 107-108 C

The Ce4+ in ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) acts as a strong one-electron oxidizing agent. It is soluble in H2O and some polar solvents such as acetic acid. Due to its poor solubility in organic solvents, reactions are often carried out in aqueous solvent mixtures such as ACN/H2O.


1) Wikipedia: Ceric ammonium nitrate (link)

2) Ammonium cerium(IV) nitrate (link)

3) Burke, S. D.; Danheiser, R. L.; Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Oxidizing and Reducing Agents