Magnesium Nitride Uses
Magnesium nitride was the agitator in the aboriginal applied amalgam of borazon (cubic boron nitride).
Robert H. Wentorf, Jr. was aggravating to catechumen the hexagonal anatomy of boron nitride into the cubic anatomy by a aggregate of heat, pressure, and a catalyst. He had already approved all the analytic catalysts (for instance, those that activate the amalgam of diamond), but with no success.
Out of agony and concern (he alleged it the "make the best amount of mistakes" approach), he added some magnesium wire to the hexagonal boron nitride and gave it the aforementioned burden and calefaction treatment. When he advised the wire beneath a microscope, he begin tiny aphotic chastening adhering to it. These chastening could blemish a able block of boron carbide, something alone design was accepted to do.
From the that appears to smell of ammonia, acquired by the acknowledgment of magnesium nitride with the damp in the air, he deduced that the magnesium metal had reacted with the boron nitride to anatomy magnesium nitride, which was the accurate catalyst.
When isolating argon, William Ramsay anesthetized dry air over chestnut to abolish oxygen and magnesium to abolish the nitrogen, basic magnesium nitride.