Date of Award

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Keith Kyler, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Lawrence Kupchella, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Carl LeBlond, Ph.D.

Abstract

The Department of Defense is dedicated to the development of new munitions and propellants. The types of munitions/propellants that are of specific interest are those which meet certain criteria. Specifically, that it does not explode as a result of bullet impact, fire and sympathetic detonation (when hit by fragment from an exploding neighboring munition). Dinitrohydrazinofurazan (1) is a compound that the Air Force is interested in. However, the current method of producing this compound costs ~$3000/lb. This research focused on synthesizing this compound in a more direct and cost effective approach. This research also involved investigating a method of synthesizing a compound that has not been synthesized before; 4,4’-dinitro-3,3’-dicarboxamidehydrazofurazan (2). These two compounds are being investigated because of the inexpensive materials required for synthesis, the simple methods that can be easily tested and scaled up to an industrial level, and the potential that they have as explosive compounds.

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