Electroactive Explosives: Nitrate Ester-Functionalized 1,2,4,5-Tetrazines


  • The authors would like to thank the DOE Science Campaign 2 for funding, Anna Giambra, Daniel Preston, Mary Sandstrom, Jose Archuleta for performing the sensitivity characterization and testing, and David Morris for helpful discussions. Los Alamos National Laboratory is operated by Los Alamos National Security (LANS, LLC) under contract No. DE-AC52-06A25396 for the U.S. Department of Energy. The authors also thank the Office of Naval Research (Award No. N00014-11-AF-0-0002).


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Oxidation state control: The synthesis and characterization of two nitrate ester-functionalized electroactive tetrazine molecules (see example; N blue, Cl green, O red, C black) has been accomplished. The compounds are redox active and have desirable explosive properties. The reversible nature of their reduction could be utilized to control their chemical and physical properties.