Molecular Modeling Driven Design of High Density Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0381
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-023-0002
Amount: $149,899.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T023
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debasis Sengupta
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Deb Phipps
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Research Institution
 University of Idaho
 Polly Knuraon
 Box 443020
Moscow, ID, 83844-3020
 (208) 885-6551
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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