# Chemistry of Silver Chloride

Preparation:

It is prepared by the action of silver nitrate solution and sodium chloride solution.
$$\ce{AgCl + NH4OH ->\underset{\text{White ppt.}}{\ce{AgCl v}} + NaNO3 (aq.)}$$

The precipitate is separated by filtration and washed with water and then dried.

Physical properties:

• It is a white gold.
• It is sparingly soluble in water.
• It melts at 455oC and boils at 1550oC.

Chemical properties:

1. Action of light: When silver chloride is exposed to light, silver is formed.
$$\ce{2AgCl->[\text{Sunlight}]2Ag + Cl2} 2. Action with ammonia: Silver chloride gets dissolved in ammonia solution to give diammine silver chloride.$$\ce{AgCl + 2NH4OH->$\underset{\text{Diammine silver chloride}}{\ce{[Ag(NH3)2]Cl}}$ + H2}$$3. Action with Potassium cyanide: With limited amount of potassium cyanide, silver chloride gives siver cynide. While in excess of KCN, AgCl dissolves and thereby forms a soluble complex.$$\ce{AgCl + KCN(limited)->AgCN(s) + KCl (aq) }\ce{AgCl + KCN (excess)-> $\underset{\text{Potassium argentocyanide}}{\ce{K[Ag(CN)2]}}$}

Uses:

• It is used in photographic film.
• It is used as a laboratory reagent.

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