Taming of 3,4-Di(nitramino)furazan

Yongxing Tang, Jiaheng Zhang, Lauren A. Mitchell, Damon A. Parrish, Jeanne M. Shreeve

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Highly energetic 3,4-di(nitramino)furazan (1, DNAF) was synthesized and confirmed structurally by using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Its highly sensitive nature can be attributed to the shortage of hydrogen-bonding interactions and an interactive nitro chain in the crystal structure. In order to stabilize this structure, a series of corresponding nitrogen-rich salts (3-10) has been prepared and fully characterized. Among these energetic materials, dihydrazinium 3,4-dinitraminofurazanate (5) exhibits a very promising detonation performance (vD = 9849 m s-1; P = 40.9 GPa) and is one of the most powerful explosives to date. To ensure the practical applications of 5, rather than preparing the salts of 1 through acid-base reactions, an alternative route through the nitration of N-ethoxycarbonyl-protected 3,4-diaminofurazan and aqueous alkaline workup was developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15984-15987
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 30 2015
Externally publishedYes

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