June 17, 2008

Eco-friendly green bombs?

Here's another interesting insight from my colleague Ivan Lerner about the conundrum of responsible destruction on this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business.

Calling Doctor Strangelove...

16 June 2008

Someone has noticed that dropping bombs and explosives is dangerous to the environment. Next week: water is wet. And ice is cold

By Ivan Lerner/New York

IN THE June 24 issue of the American Chemistry Society's magazine Chemistry of Materials, University of Munich chemists Thomas Klapotke and Carles Miro Sabate will detail their research concerning the replacement of trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) and other explosives, with tetrazoles Bis (3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazolium) 5,5'-Azotetrazolate (G2ZT) and 5,5'-hydrazinebistetrazole (HBT). TNT derives its explosive energy from carbon, but tetrazoles derive energy from nitrogen.

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