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Synthesis and Characterization of Energetic Materials

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posted on 2022-07-06, 20:13 authored by Dominique WozniakDominique Wozniak


This document is the culmination of four years of research facilitated through the graduate program in the School of Materials Engineering as part of the Purdue Energetics Research center. It includes four manuscripts and one review that were peer-reviewed and published in the journals: Chemistry Open, Organic Letters, RSC Advances, Journal of Inorganic and General Chemistry and Engineering. It also includes work with annulated systems and a new oxidizer for propellants, that will be submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals in the near future. 

Discussed here is a brief history of energetic materials as a field, main requirements of energetic materials based on their specific applications, methods of obtaining those requirements, and characterization of energetic materials. Specific topics include: 1,2,3-triazoles as energetic materials, zwitterionic energetic materials, improved synthesis of an energetic material, energetic salts of a fused-ring system, a new oxidizer for propellants, pentazoles, and the future of high-nitrogen energetic materials. 


Financial support of this work by The Army Research Office (ARO) under grant number W911NF-18-1-0463 and the US Army ACC APG Adelphi Div under grant No. W911NF2020189 "Advancing Army Modernization Priorities through Collaborative Energetic Materials Research; Task 1: CHNOF energetic materials with higher lethality" is acknowledged. Financial support of our laboratory by Purdue University and The Office of Naval Research (ONR) also is acknowledged. The National Science Foundation is acknowledged through the Major Research Instrumentation Program under Grant No. CHE 1625543 for the single crystal X-ray diffractometer.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Materials Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Davin Piercey

Additional Committee Member 2

Steven Son

Additional Committee Member 3

Paul Wenthold

Additional Committee Member 4

Jeffery Youngblood