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The rate of nitrogen isotope exchange between NO and HNO3 has been measured as a function of nitric acid concentration of 1.5–4M·1–1. The exchange rate law is shown to beR=k[HNO3]2[N2O3] and the measured activation energy isE=67.78kJ ·M–1 (16.2 kcal·M–1). It is concluded that N2O3 participates in15N/14N exchange between NO and HNO3 at nitric acid concentrations higher than 1.5M·1–1.