Advanced Methods in Synthesis, Formulations and Development of Sustainable Energetic Materials

The synthesis and formulation of high performing energetic materials is an ongoing mission for the DoD. Many factors have combined to impact the supply of these materials; some are unavailable domestically, the cost of others has become prohibitive, and many are now recognized as environmentally unacceptable having negatively impacted test and training ranges. Thus, new methods of synthesis and new formulations are required for continued DoD operations. This technical session explored novel methods for the synthesis and formulations of energetic materials that will lessen their environmental impact. Novel technologies will include continuous processing, reduction or elimination of heavy metals, as well as synthetic biology methods to produce precursors of energetic molecules. Taken together, this session explored and implement new, game-changing methods of synthesis and formulation that result in environmentally acceptable energetic formulations that have enhanced performance, longer range or more lethality.

Session Chair: Dr. Sara Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Introduction by Session Chair Dr. Sara Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Keynote Address: TKX-50: A Highly Promising Secondary Explosive Dr. Thomas Klapoetke, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Advanced Chemical Flow Processing for Energetic Materials Dr. Joost van Lingen, TNO
Biological Production of Thermal Stabilizers Dr. David Graham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Time Resolved Modeling of Energetic Material Hydrolysis Dr. Erie Gauthier, United States Army CCDC Armaments Center
BDNPA/F Process Intensification Mr. Patrick Staiber, NALAS
Biodesign to Reduce Hazardous Waste Streams in the Production of Precursors to Energetic Materials Dr. Ben Gordon, MIT
Biosynthetic Approaches to Energetic Plasticizers and Nitramine Explosives Dr. Ben Harvey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

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