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Methyl Isocyanate

CH3NCO is a very toxic organic isocyanate and its inhalation may lead to rapid death.

So, how can one destroy it in lab?

Isocyanates are destroyed by contact with water, mineral bases or methanol. But, the reaction is exothermic.

Was the above mentioned line in italics responsible for claiming so many lives in Bhopal and affecting many more for generations?

Was the method of destruction of the gas became the reason of propagation of the gas and the method of destruction of so many lives?


Here is a good write-up on this. The third paragraph must be of special interest to any science student/enthusiast.

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