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C2N14: An Energetic and Highly Sensitive Binary Azidotetrazole


  • Financial support of this work by the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is gratefully acknowledged.


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7:1 to nitrogen! Diazotization and subsequent dimerization of the triaminoguanidinium cation gave 1-diazidocarbamoyl-5-azidotetrazole (see picture). The structurally and spectroscopically characterized binary CN compound shows great energetic performance and a high heat of formation, but also extremely high sensitivity to friction and shock.