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Environmentally Friendly Alternative Synthesis and Process to Manufacture Cost-Effective Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0498
Agency Tracking Number: N141-017-0326a
Amount: $1,599,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-017
Solicitation Number: 14.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-07-31
Small Business Information
85 Westbrook Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409
United States
DUNS: 805389413
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Ford
 Chemist V
 (510) 417-0259
Business Contact
 Shilpa Amato
Phone: (571) 594-2558
Research Institution

Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) is the most powerful conventional explosive known, but its high cost has limited its adoption in a range of potential applications. Part of the challenge in making these materials is the complexity of the reaction used to prepare the polycyclic cage. The complexity of this reaction makes it difficult to have insight into the reaction and to improve it. Additionally, several of the intermediates and reaction (by)products are challenging analyze with typical analytical techniques such as RP-HPLC. In the research program proposed herein, we would apply cutting-edge analytical techniques in combination with flow chemistry techniques to collect detailed data about the relevant chemical reactions while also enabling access to process conditions that would be inaccessible using batch techniques.

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