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Molecular Modeling Driven Design of High Density Energetic Materials

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Department of Defense
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2012 / STTR
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701 McMillian Way, NW Ste D HUNTSVILLE, AL 35806-2922
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Molecular Modeling Driven Design of High Density Energetic Materials
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-M-0381
Award Amount: $149,899.00


Development of next generation energetic materials has been slow primarily due to a lack of fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of these materials. The strategy for development historically has been a trial-and-error experimental approach which possesses considerable risk of failure. With the advent of high speed computers and sophisticated molecular modeling techniques, it is now possible to predict properties of energetic materials prior to experiments. Therefore, a coordinated effort between molecular modelers and synthetic organic chemists is the key to fast development of energetic materials to meet todays military combat requirements. In Phase I, CFDRC, in collaboration with synthetic organic chemist of University of Idaho, proposes to conceptualize a number of candidate energetic materials, evaluate them with a range of molecular modeling methods for down selection, and synthesize up to two top candidates. The molecular modeling driven strategy is expected to accelerate the development of energetic materials and reduce the risk of failure at the later stages of development. In Phase II, the scope of the work will be expanded based on the proof-of-concept developed in Phase I. Additional molecules will be evaluated, and the most promising materials will be scaled-up and tested in a systematic manner.

Principal Investigator:

Debasis Sengupta
(256) 726-4800

Business Contact:

Deb Phipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
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CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Idaho
Box 443020
Moscow, ID 83844-3020
Contact: Polly Knuraon
Contact Phone: (208) 885-6551