Enhancing the Rate of Energy Release from NanoEnergetic Materials by Electrostatically Enhanced Assembly


  • Partial support for this work comes from the US Army–DURINT Center for NanoEnergetics Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


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Electrostatically enhanced nanocomposite particle assembly as a viable method of enhancing the reactivity of energetic nanocomposites is reported. The kinetics of the burning process can be be tailored, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results demonstrate that bipolar- assembly synthesized aluminum/iron oxide nanocomposite aerosol materials have burning rates an order of magnitude higher than those produced via random Brownian coagulation.