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Armstrong's acid

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Formula  C10H8S2O6
Classification  Sulfonic acid
Molar mass  288.299 g/mol
Appearance  colorless solid
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Armstrong's acid (naphthalene-1,5-disulfonic acid) is an organic compound with the formula C10H6(SO3H)2. It is one of several isomers of naphthalenedisulfonic acid. It a colorless solid, typically obtained as the tetrahydrate. Like other sulfonic acids, it is a strong acid. It is named for British chemist Henry Edward Armstrong.


Production and use

It is prepared by disulfonation of naphthalene with oleum:

C10H8 + 2 SO3 → C10H6(SO3H)2

Further sulfonation gives The 1,3,5-trisulfonic acid derivative.

Reactions and uses

Fusion of Armstrong's acid in NaOH gives the disodium salt of 1,5-dihydroxynaphthalene, which can be acidified to give the diol. The intermediate in this hydrolysis, 1-hydroxynaphthalene-5-sulfonic acid, is also useful. Nitration gives nitrodisulfonic acids, which are precursors to amino derivatives.

The disodium salt is sometimes used as a divalent counterion for forming salts of basic drug compounds, as an alternative to the related mesylate or tosylate salts. When used in this way such a salt is called a naphthalenedisulfonate salt, as seen with the most common salt form of the stimulant drug CFT. The disodium salt is also used as an electrolyte in certain kinds of chromatography.


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