Crystal Engineering of Energetic Materials: Co-crystals and Ionic Salts with Enhanced Performance and Improved Chemical and Thermal Stability
Materials that can store and release significant amounts of energy are a high priority in the modern world due to the reliance of today’s society on propellants, explosives, pyrotechnics, aerospace and mining. Although there has been a thrust in the development of high energy materials, this has only been at the academic level. Industry continues to use old fashioned energetic materials which are primarily composed of highly toxic substances. To bridge the gap between academic advancements and industrial use, knowledge transfer, safety, scalability and cost-effectiveness are critical. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – Canada Inc. and the Murugesu/Brusso research groups have joined forces to design, develop and scale-up novel N-rich energetic materials. This is the only way to achieve the knowledge/tech transfer of high performing green energetic materials from academic laboratories to industrial production.