All-Nitrogen or High-Nitrogen Compounds as High Energy Density Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,950.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0112
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-003-0018
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-T003
Small Business Information
ERC, INC.
555 Sparkman Drive, Executive Plaza, Suite 1622, Huntsville, AL, 35816
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
095673521
Principal Investigator
 Karl Christe
 Senior Staff Advisor
 (661) 275-5194
 karl.christe@edwards.af.mil
Business Contact
 Ernie Wu
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (256) 430-3080
Email: ewu@erc-incorporated.com
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Karl O Christe
 Loker Research Institute, University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-8957
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
During Phase I of the proposed program, ERC-Incorporated proposes to identify novel promising polynitrogen candidates by means of theoretical calculations. Furthermore, preliminary tests will be carried out to explore the feasibility of synthesizing the most promising candidates. High-nitrogen compounds constitute a second area of significant interest. It is well known that the insertion of one hetero atom, such as carbon or oxygen, can greatly enhance the stability of a polynitrogen compound. Therefore, these compounds might exhibit better stability, while retaining much of the endothermicity. Furthermore, numerous polyazido compounds are known which combine high nitrogen content with reasonable stability. The proposed work would be divided equally between ERC-Incorporated, the small business partner, and the Loker Research Institute of the University of California. Prof. Karl Christe, the Principal Investigator and Responsible Scientist for this program, has active research groups at each location and is splitting his time between the two efforts, guaranteeing maximum collaboration and synergy. ERC-Incorporated is an on-site contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards AFB, CA, and has full access to all the testing facilities and computational capabilities at AFRL. The synthesis and characterization efforts would be divided between USC and ERC, because both groups have excellent capabilities in this area.

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