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Boosting energetic performance by trimerizing furoxan

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The introduction of N-oxides is a useful approach in improving oxygen balance, density and detonation properties of energetic compounds. Here we present the design and syntheses of a new series of trifuroxan compounds 4–6. The structures of 4 and 5 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 5 is the first representative of furoxan fused 1,2-diazocine. The zero oxygen balance along with moderate sensitivities (IS = 19 J, FS = 80 N) and detonation properties (D = 9417 m s−1, P = 39.2 GPa) of compound 5 makes it a promising replacement for RDX and HMX. The high density, positive oxygen balance and detonation properties of compound 6 which approach those of CL-20 may help it to find potential application as a high energy density oxidizer.

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The article was received on 10 Mar 2018, accepted on 30 Apr 2018 and first published on 02 May 2018

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA02274G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 9391-9396
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    Boosting energetic performance by trimerizing furoxan

    C. He, H. Gao, G. H. Imler, D. A. Parrish and J. M. Shreeve, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 9391
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA02274G

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