It will dissolve in dilute nitric acid. It will not dissolve in water but will react to some degree with steam. Then you have magnesium hydroxide, water insoluble, so dilute acid is a better route.
R. Steven Pappas, Ph.D.
Team Lead, Tobacco Inorganics Group
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
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Subject: [Element] Mg sample
I have been given a magnesium sample for impurity analysis. It is a solid piece that looks like shiny metal, I have been told that it dissolves in water. Can I dissolve some of it in 2% nitric acid, dilute and analyze? I am concerned about the reactivity of these materials with water or acid. I am also concerned about high levels Mg in the E2.
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