If I were to make ammoniacal silver chloride through the following series of reactions, would it be dangerous? I am mainly concerned about the possibility to make explosive compounds like in Tollen's reagant.
Here is my proposed synthesis:
AgNO3(aq) + NaCl(aq) –> AgCl(s) + NaNO3(aq)
Then decant 3 times to remove NaNO3.
AgCl(s) + 2NH3(aq) <–> [Ag(NH3)2+] (aq) + Cl-(aq)
Tollen's reagant is formed as follows:
2 AgNO3 + 2 NaOH → Ag2O (s) + 2 NaNO3 + H2O
Ag2O (s) + 4 NH3 + 2 NaNO3 + H2O → 2 [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 + 2 NaOH
I have read some literature which seems to indicate the explosive compound is most likely Ag3N. Some think that this is related to silver oxide (reacting with ammonia). If I follow the procedure I outlined, should I be safe? Or is silver oxide, and therefore the silver nitride, likely/able to form?