NEW SYNTHETIC ROUTES FOR ENERGETIC MATERIALS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3961
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Geo-centers Inc.
7 Wells Ave, Newton Centre, MA, 02159
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward D Petrow
 (201) 366-9218
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE SYNTHESIS OF NITRO DERIVATIVES OF HIGHLY STRAINED CAGE COMPOUNDS WHICH MAY ULTIMATELY PAVE THE WAY TO NEW, HIGHLY ENERGETIC MATERIALS FORMULATIONS HAS RECEIVED CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION IN RECENT YEARS. POLYNITRO POLYHEDRANES ARE PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE AS ALTERNATIVE INSENTISITVE HIGH EXPLOSIVES (IHE) DUE TO THEIR HIGH CARBON TO HYDROGEN ATOM RATIOS, HIGH DENSITIES (UP TO 1.40 G/CC) AND HIGH NET VOLUMETRIC HEATS OF COMBUSTION. CYCLOBUTADIENE IRON TRICARBONYL AND ITS DERIVATIVES FORM AN IMPORTANT GROUP OF PRECURSORS TO SUCH SYSTEMS. IT IS PROPOSED IN THIS EFFORT, TO SYNTHESIZE A SERIES OF NITRATED CYCLOBUTADIENE IRON TRICARBONYL COMPLEXES. THESE WILL BE CONVERTED TO CAGE COMPOUNDS BY DIMERIZATION/PHOTOCYCLOADDITION AND/ OR CONDENSATION WITH DIENOPHILES FOLLOWED BY PHOTOCYCLOADDITION. THIS WOULD RESULT IN THE FORMATION OF CAGE COMPOUNDS ALREADY BEARING NITRO GROUPS THUS OBVIATING THE DIFFICULT STEP OF CONVERTING OTHER FUNCTIONAL GROUPS TO NITRO SUBSTITUENTS.

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