fertiliser production

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Making fertilisers in the lab

Ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate are two common compounds used as fertilisers. They are both easy to make in the lab by carrying out a simple neutralisation reaction. The diagram below outlines how to make ammonium sulfate by carrying out a simple neutralisation reaction:

Making ammonium sulfate by neutralisation using ammonium hydroxide solution

Outline of the practical procedure for making ammonium sulfate in the lab.  The procedure can be used to prepare ammonium nitrate as well. You can alter the method above to make ammonium nitrate by simply using nitric acid instead of sulfuric in step 1.