We are the world’s leading supplier and trusted developer of Basic Copper Nitrate (BCN) to the automotive airbag industry. We have also developed a Spherical Copper Catalyst precursor for the manufacture of 1,4 Butynediol (BDO)— used industrially as a solvent and in the manufacture of many plastics, polyurethanes and elastic fibers for apparel.
A reddish metal, copper is a soft, malleable, ductile and an extremely good conductor of heat and electricity making it perfect for electrical wiring. It is the only common metal found in its metallic state and it can be polished to a bright shiny finish. Copper is recovered in various forms including sulfides, carbonates, and oxide.
Shepherd’s Copper Nitrate solution is a blue transparent liquid and possesses a slight nitric acid odor. It is manufactured using high quality copper in a standard 18% solution.
Applications and markets for Copper Nitrate Solution span a wide variety including catalysts, ceramic and enamel color pigments, and as a mordant and oxidant in both textile dyeing and printing inks.
Pyrotechnic compositions use it as a catalyst component, as do certain solid rocket fuels. We produce it for aluminum brighteners and cleaning products. It is widely used to correct copper deficiencies in soils via fertilizers, micronutrients, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides. Its corrosive properties allow Copper Nitrate solution to be used as a reagent for burnishing iron, giving a black antique finish to copper, and for coloring zinc brown. In industrial automotive sealants and caulks, Copper Nitrate solution works as a nitrating agent for aromatic organosilicon compounds and as a catalyst for a spectrum of many other organic reactions used to create products we use every day.
Our 18% Copper solution is the highest practical concentration commercially available in the market today.
Recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a hazardous substance, Shepherd is well trusted in the industry to handle, package, ship and store Copper Nitrate solution safely and responsibly.
Shepherd goes the extra mile to deliver multiple product solutions maintaining exacting standards and proven quality every time. Our production in the U.S. combined with outstanding customer support throughout the world; make it possible to meet your metal chemistry needs anywhere.
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