Are there any chemicals known to be able to corrode or dissolve mithril in Lord of the Rings?

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    Coca-Cola. Just kidding... – Molag Bal May 11 '16 at 4:54
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    This question should be followed by "where in the periodic table is mithril?" – Marakai May 11 '16 at 6:24
  • @Marakai I’m guessing it’s an alloy with at least one component in the island of stability. – Molag Bal May 11 '16 at 6:39
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    @anaranjada Seeing as that magical island is somewhere above element 110, that would make mithril heavy instead of light. Of course, if you're right, then why didn't the dwarves power spaceships with it, like they did at Area 51? ;) – Marakai May 11 '16 at 6:56
  • There's no reason to think it was completely inert as no real metal is. – Mithoron May 11 '16 at 11:32

We don't know

It's never explored in any writings. One thing we know is that it doesn't tarnish:

Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim.

Fellowship of the Ring Book II Chapter 4: "A Journey in the Dark"

Since tarnish is just a fine layer of corrosion, we can conclude that it at least is not corroded by any chemical present in the air. Beyond that, we just don't know.

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    So you’re saying that it’s possible that Coca-Cola dissolves mithril. Yup. – Molag Bal May 11 '16 at 5:01

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