Cyanide

Ask your students to name you a poison and probably the first one that they mention will be Cyanide. The will probably have come across this substance watching World War II or James Bond movies. This aside, what do they really know about Cyanide? Image kindly reproduced according to the licence found here. Cyanides contain the cyano group CN-. There is a triple bond between the carbon and nitrogen and the negative charge is centred on the carbon atom. In organic compounds ...