The synthesis and formulation of high performing energetic materials is an ongoing mission for the DoD. Many factors have combined to impact the supply of these materials; some are unavailable domestically, the cost of others has become prohibitive, and many are now recognized as environmentally unacceptable having negatively impacted test and training ranges. Thus, new methods of synthesis and new formulations are required for continued DoD operations. This technical session explored novel methods for the synthesis and formulations of energetic materials that will lessen their environmental impact. Novel technologies will include continuous processing, reduction or elimination of heavy metals, as well as synthetic biology methods to produce precursors of energetic molecules. Taken together, this session explored and implement new, game-changing methods of synthesis and formulation that result in environmentally acceptable energetic formulations that have enhanced performance, longer range or more lethality.

Session Chair: Dr. Sara Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division

Introduction by Session Chair

Dr. Sara Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division

Keynote Address: TKX-50: A Highly Promising Secondary Explosive

Dr. Thomas Klapoetke, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Advanced Chemical Flow Processing for Energetic Materials

Dr. Joost van Lingen, TNO

Biological Production of Thermal Stabilizers

Dr. David Graham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Time Resolved Modeling of Energetic Material Hydrolysis

Dr. Erie Gauthier, United States Army CCDC Armaments Center

BDNPA/F Process Intensification

Mr. Patrick Staiber, NALAS

Biodesign to Reduce Hazardous Waste Streams in the Production of Precursors to Energetic Materials

Dr. Ben Gordon, MIT

Biosynthetic Approaches to Energetic Plasticizers and Nitramine Explosives

Dr. Ben Harvey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division