3,6-Dinitropyrazolo[4,3-c]pyrazole-Based Multipurpose Energetic Materials through Versatile N-Functionalization Strategies

Ping Yin, Jiaheng Zhang, Lauren A. Mitchell, Damon A. Parrish, Jean'ne M. Shreeve

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A family of 3,6-dinitropyrazolo[4,3-c]pyrazole-based energetic compounds was synthesized by using versatile N-functionalization strategies. Subsequently, nine ionic derivatives of the N,N′-(3,6-dinitropyrazolo[4,3-c]pyrazole-1,4-diyl)dinitramidate anion were prepared by acid-base reactions and fully characterized by infrared, multinuclear NMR spectra, and elemental analysis. The structures of four of these compounds were further confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Based on their different physical and detonation properties, these compounds exhibit promising potential as modern energetic materials and can be variously classified as green primary explosives, high-performance secondary explosives, fuel-rich propellants, and propellant oxidizers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12895-12897
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number41
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • N-functionalization
  • detonation
  • energetic materials
  • fused heterocycle
  • nitramines

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