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Environmentally-Benign Oxidizers for Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0105
Agency Tracking Number: F064-007-0147
Amount: $749,813.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-06-28
Small Business Information
530 New Los Angeles Avenue, Suite115 # 122
Moorpark, CA 93021
United States
DUNS: 172773272
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Karl Christe
 Principal Investigator
 (805) 529-3800
Business Contact
 Tedi Ohanian
Title: CEO/Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (805) 529-3800
Research Institution
 Robert Bau
Loker Research Institute 837 Bloomwalk
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661
United States

 (213) 740-2692
 Nonprofit College or University

During Phase II of the proposed program, Science and Technology Applications, LLC (STA), proposes to find a green replacement for ammonium perchlorate (AP). During Phase I of this program, the novel tetranitroborate, B(NO2)4-, anion, was identified as a potential high-oxygen carrier. Its combination with the NH4+ cation would result in the formation of ammonium tetranitroborate (ATNB), NH4+B(NO2)4-. Based on our theoretical predictions, the performance of ATNB should rival that of AP, while at the same time being environmentally friendly. Therefore, the objectives of the proposed work in Phase II are to prepare and characterize ATNB. Because the tetranitroborate anion cannot be prepared by standard nitration methods which would produce nitrito compounds, "Umpolung" reactions must be used to first prepare a B(NX)4- skeleton which subsequently can be converted into B(NO2)4- by oxidative cleavage of the N-X bond with either ozone, peroxides or HOF. The proposed work would be performed STA and the Department of Chemistry of the University of Southern California as the research institution.

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