Hydrogen cyanide is a extremely poisonous colorless or pale-blue liquid that undergoes a wide variety of reactions. Lonza has manufacturing capabilities to offer a solution of hydrogen cyanide in water (hydrocyanic acid) and producing its derivatives. HCN is used in metallurgical and photographic processes.
Furthermore, HCN is a starting material for cyanogen chloride, cyanoacetates, cyanohydrins, sodium cyanide, chelating agents and many more. Cyanogen chloride is a functional building block for other Lonza products like cyanuric chloride and malononitrile.
The cyanohydrins, give access to a variety of useful organic compounds including the monomer methyl methacrylate, amino acids via the Strecker synthesis, and the chelating agents EDTA and NTA.