Special Issue "Micro- and Nano-Scale Energetic Materials: Experiment and Simulation"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Energy Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2024 | Viewed by 180

Special Issue Editors

Xi’an Modern Chemistry Research Institute, Xi’an 710065, China
Interests: composite energetic materials; nanoscale energetic materials (nEMs); microscale energetic materials (mEMs); ignition; combustion; thermal decomposition; deflagration and detonation; energetic formulation
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Dr. Ning Liu
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Xi’an Modern Chemistry Research Institute, Xi’an 710065, China
Interests: molecular designing; energetic materials; energetic cocrystals; energetic polymers; energetic composites
School of Resource Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710065, China
Interests: molecular simulation; simulation of combustion, explosion and theoretical quantitative research on energetic materials; pyrotechnic technology; safety assessment and storage life prediction of energetic materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, significant advancements have been made in the exploitation, combustion, ignition, and chemical propulsion of innovative energetic composites (IECs), including metals fuels, metal-based composites, binary metals, ternary metals, metallic combustion catalysts, thermites, metallized energetic composites, etc., in chemical propulsion application, thanks to the technological novelties in the field of energetic science and technology. Advanced energetic materials are mainly utilized with micro- and nano-scale energetic materials (EMs) and their composites in various chemical propulsion systems due to the high heat of formation, high specific surface area, high reactive activation, and high energy density. Although IECs have the very attractive feature of extremely high heat release rates and tailored burning rates, producing high energy in combustion processes and high combustion efficiency in industry presents a great challenge to many engineers and scientists. Various techniques have recently been developed to overcome intrinsic difficulties. Any fundamental research investigations have also been conducted to explore detailed physicochemical processes associated with IEC preparation, combustion, and application in chemical propulsion. In particular, state-of-the-art rocket propulsion systems have greatly benefited from IEC development in recent years, especially in terms of future prospective nano-scale energetic materials (NEMs) for rocket fuels and the fabrication of propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics. Despite the impressive progress witnessed in the field of IECs during the last century, it must be admitted that the rate of progress is much slower when compared to other fields (such as polymer chemistry, electronics, and computers) owing to a number of constraints and restrictions that IEC scientists have to encounter in developing  new IECs, including safety, stability (thermal, storage, etc.), cost, environmental pollution, and other considerations.

This Special Issue presents compiled results on the most recent developments of innovative micro- and nano-scale energetic mateirals, relating to experiment and simulation, including high-energy density materials, metal fuels, combustion catalysts, energetic composites, oxidizers, polymeric binders, solid fillers, thermites with nano-scale or micro-scale particle size, etc., as well as simulation, ignition, and combustion, especially energetic technology applications in chemical propulsion, such as solid propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics. On the one hand, considerable effort is being spent on improving and perfecting the propulsion systems themselves, which are designed exclusively for advanced energetic composites with nano-scale or micro-scale ingredients that they work with. On the other hand, research on new nano-scale or micro-scale ingredients for chemical propulsion is a challenge for chemistry.

Dr. Weiqiang Pang
Dr. Ning Liu
Dr. Dihua Ouyang
Guest Editors

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  • energetic materials and composite energetic materials
  • the design, synthesis, and characterization of energetic materials
  • micro- and nano-scale energetic composites
  • thermites
  • metal fuels and their reactivity
  • catalysis and catalysts
  • molecular dynamic simulation
  • interaction and compatibility of energetic materials
  • stability and instability
  • thermal decomposition
  • ignition and combustion
  • hazardous and safety performance
  • application in solid rocket propellants and explosives

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