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Fabrication and Characterization of Nanoenergetic Hollow Spherical Hexanitrostibene (HNS) Derivatives

School of Environment and Safety Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, China
Institute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, China
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(5), 336;
Received: 28 April 2018 / Revised: 13 May 2018 / Accepted: 14 May 2018 / Published: 16 May 2018
The spherization of nanoenergetic materials is the best way to improve the sensitivity and increase loading densities and detonation properties for weapons and ammunition, but the preparation of spherical nanoenergetic materials with high regularization, uniform size and monodispersity is still a challenge. In this paper, nanoenergetic hollow spherical hexanitrostibene (HNS) derivatives were fabricated via a one-pot copolymerization strategy, which is based on the reaction of HNS and piperazine in acetonitrile solution. Characterization results indicated the as-prepared reaction nanoenergetic products were HNS-derived oligomers, where a free radical copolymerization reaction process was inferred. The hollow sphere structure of the HNS derivatives was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and synchrotron radiation X-ray imaging technology. The properties of the nanoenergetic hollow spherical derivatives, including thermal decomposition and sensitivity are discussed in detail. Sensitivity studies showed that the nanoenergetic derivatives exhibited lower impact, friction and spark sensitivity than raw HNS. Thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimeter (TG-DSC) results showed that continuous exothermic decomposition occurred in the whole temperature range, which indicated that nanoenergetic derivatives have a unique role in thermal applications. Therefore, nanoenergetic hollow spherical HNS derivatives could provide a new way to modify the properties of certain energetic compounds and fabricate spherical nanomaterials to improve the charge configuration. View Full-Text
Keywords: HNS; spherical nanoparticles; derivatives; hollow; sensitivity HNS; spherical nanoparticles; derivatives; hollow; sensitivity
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Cao, X.; Deng, P.; Hu, S.; Ren, L.; Li, X.; Xiao, P.; Liu, Y. Fabrication and Characterization of Nanoenergetic Hollow Spherical Hexanitrostibene (HNS) Derivatives. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 336.

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