The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

So Long TNT, There's a New Explosive in Town

The result was the new molecule that could replace TNT, bis-oxadiazole. The additional nitrogen adds density to the molecule, and removing carbon helps balance out the oxidizer so all of the fuel can be used up to produce energy in the reaction. And once the researchers had synthesized it in the lab, they realized bis-oxadiazole has a melting point around that of TNT, making it melt-castable.


One would need a new abbreviation and BO is taken.

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"bis-oxadiazole" is guaranteed soon to have an obscene nickname. There may be little need for an abbreviation except among prudes.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 11, 2018 7:19:48 AM