Nanoscale Aluminum - Metal Oxide (Thermite) Reactions
for Application in Energetic Materials


Davin G. PIERCEY and Thomas M. KLAPÍTKE
Department of Chemistry, Energetic Materials Research,
Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich,
Butenandtstr. 5-13, D-81377 Munich, Germany

Abstract: Energetic materials fnd use in both military and civilian applications,
however many commonly used materials suffer from serious defciencies including
toxicity and high sensitivity. Nanothermites exhibit vastly differing characteristics
compared to their well known micron scale relatives and through the use of
various preparatory chemical techniques can be tailored to have a wide spectra of
chemical and energetic properties. This may allow use as superior replacements
of conventional energetic materials in various applications.

Keywords: nano-aluminum, materials, thermites, energetic materials