Molecular Modeling Driven Design of High Density Energetic Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,899.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0381
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-023-0002
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T023
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
185169620
Principal Investigator:
DebasisSengupta
Manager
(256) 726-4800
proposals-contracts@cfdrc.com
Business Contact:
DebPhipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institute:
University of Idaho
Polly Knuraon
Box 443020
Moscow, ID, 83844-3020
(208) 885-6551

Abstract
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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