built and equipped a modest laboratory of his own. The earliest printed account of nitroglycerin appears in a letter which Sobrero wrote to Pelouze and which Pelouze caused to be published in Ulnstitut of February 15,1847. In the same month Sobrero presented to the Academy of Torino a paper, Sopra alcuni nuovi composti julminanti ottenuti col mezzo dell'azione delVacido
nitrico 8ulle sostanze organicke vegetali, in which he described nitroglycerin, nitromannite, and nitrated lactose. Later in the year he presented another paper, Sulla Glicerina Fulminante o Piroglycerina, before the chemistry section of the Ninth Italian Scientific Congress at Venice.
Sobrero found that, if concentrated nitric acid or strong mixed acid is added to glycerin, a violent reaction ensues and red fumes
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